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Everyday Enviro with Elise - Maintaining hope during tragedy

Date: 14-Jan-20
Author: Elise Catterall

The impact of Australia's bushfires have made it impossible not to feel the weight of the situation as an Australian, as an animal and nature lover, and as an occupant of planet earth.

The impact of Australia's bushfires have made it impossible not to feel the weight of the situation as an Australian, as an animal and nature lover, and as an occupant of planet earth.

January 2020 has seen Australia embark on a new year and a new decade in the midst of an environmental tragedy. It is impossible not to feel the weight of this as an Australian, as an animal and nature lover, and as an occupant of planet earth.

As the bushfires bring the climate reality to our literal and figurative backyards, it is understandable that so many of us feel overwhelmed and heartbroken. It is also important though that our heartbreak doesn’t descend into hopelessness because, right now, as far as I can see it, hopefulness is the best chance we have of having an impact. 

Climate scientist Michael Mann has stated that ‘despair and hopelessness lead us down a path of inaction in the same way denial does’ and inaction is obviously the last thing any of us needs or wants. The problem is that holding onto hope in the face of such a tragedy - especially when you understand the broader environmental implications of that tragedy - is far easier said than done.

So I wanted to look at ways we can sustain hope and these are some of the strategies I found:

 

 

It is understandable that the losses we have experienced might overshadow the many wins big and small that there have been - and continue to be – but in the face of the losses, it is the wins we need to hold on to to keep us going and working towards a brighter future.


See you next time! - Elise

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Elise                                             Catterall
Author: Elise Catterall

Elise is a writer, photographer, and naturopath with a passion for nature. She completed a Master of Public Health in 2017 through the University of Sydney. Her photographic work focuses on flowers and plants as a way of celebrating nature. She has been writing for Planet Ark since 2017, sharing positive environment stories, personal environmental experiences and perspectives.



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