Ecological grief as a mental health response to climate change-related loss

A. Cunsolo, N.R. Ellis

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Climate change is increasingly understood to impact mental health through multiple pathways of risk, including intense feelings of grief as people suffer climate-related losses to valued species, ecosystems and landscapes. Despite growing research interest, ecologically driven grief, or 'ecological grief', remains an underdeveloped area of inquiry. We argue that grief is a natural and legitimate response to ecological loss, and one that may become more common as climate impacts worsen. Drawing upon our own research in Northern Canada and the Australian Wheatbelt, combined with a synthesis of the literature, we offer future research directions for the study of ecological grief.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-281
Number of pages7
JournalNature Climate Change
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018


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