Happy Prisoner Festival - Ecological Grief

The impact of climate change around the world is already damaging the mental health and well-being of those facing or fearing its consequences. Some people are now using the term ecological grief to describe the "experience or anticipation of ecological losses, including the loss of species, ecosystems, and meaningful landscapes due to acute or chronic environmental change”.

What are the differences and similarities between ecological grief and the grief we experience in bereavement? Should grief motivate a certain kind of engagement with ourselves, others and the world? How should we understand the relationship between ecological grief and the kind of actions required in the face of environmental disaster? With science at the forefront of tackling the climate crisis, perhaps ecological grief can appear “irrational, inappropriate, anthropomorphic” and, if so, should we aim to subdue or avoid it? Can ecological grief be good for us and good for the planet? 

All conversations will be facilitated by a professional philosopher, trained in philosophical enquiry with The Philosophy Foundation. There will be 4 guest speakers who will begin a conversation around the topics we are exploring. This will be the starting circle conversation, after half an hour the facilitator will invite you, the audience members into the enquiry circle where you can ask questions, raise points or just continue to listen. 

This conversation will be via Zoom and you'll be sent the link and password to join the w/c 22nd March.