Wildfires are fuelling eco-anxiety but taking climate action can help, experts say

By Nicole Ireland, the Canadian Press, City News, June 10, 2023

... Like many other Canadians who found their communities enveloped in smoke from devastating wildfires in B.C., Alberta, Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia over the last several weeks, Austin is experiencing what’s often called “eco-anxiety” or “climate anxiety.”

Climate anxiety is “a feeling of hopelessness about either the present environment and what’s going on in terms of the problem of climate change, but also the future,” said Dr. Lindsay McCunn, an environmental psychologist at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, B.C.

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