Climate Grief: From Coping to Resilience and Action

by Shawna Weaver



Penetrating our hearts and minds, climate grief is not an ailment we have to heal from but a call to change the trajectory of our shared future. The universality, urgency, and inescapable scope of climate change leads to a depth of grief we are not prepared to cope with, and a grief that is still largely unknown and ignored. Climate change and climate grief are inseparable, and coping with the emotional fallout of the climate crisis is our first step toward dealing with the crisis itself and to building resilience. From looking inward at our own grief, and emerging with the motivation needed to make lifestyle changes and inspire others, the reader is invited to create a plan for building personal and planetary resilience. The planet can’t be healed by few people working out of despair but by many people working out of hope, care, and an openness to learn.
“‘As climate science continued to prove true, how would we cope as individuals and as a society?’ Thankfully Weaver dedicated her life to answering questions like this one so that we could each benefit from the wisdom in her findings. More than an exploration of climate change and its impact on our mental health, this book eloquently and practically outlines how to thrive despite the seemingly insurmountable odds. If one’s psyche is enmeshed with one’s surroundings, as Weaver states, then surely, we all owe it to each other to surround ourselves with this book, which at once educates, inspires, unites, and comforts. A must-read for anyone who craves a healthier future for all.”—Julie Schnedeker, author, Cofounder of Plant-Based Point “Weaver’s pertinent observations that our inner life is inextricably woven into the life of the physical world of nature is ever more important in this day of reckless damage to most of the Earth’s ecosystems. She thoughtfully provides clues and answers to a world in which nature’s health is indeed a taproot of our own mental health.”—Terril L. Shorb, Ph.D., author, Faculty Emeritus at Prescott College “There is no shortage of books that outline the depressing pace of climate change on our planet. This beautifully written, hopeful book breaks new ground. Acknowledging the science of our declining ecosystems, and the grief that comes with it, Shawna writes in equal parts as a scientist, activist, ecotherapist, and poet. It’s as if Greta Thunberg, Annie Dillard, Elizabeth Kubler Ross, and Rachel Carson were rolled into one. Using both Midwestern practicality and dynamic vision, this book takes us on a personal journey using ecotherapy and reconnection to the natural world to overcome our collective climate grief. In the process we find healing for ourselves, our communities, and our planet. If you read only one book this year, please let it be this one.”—Seth Tibbott, author, Founder of Tofurkey