Preventively grieving over the irreparable damage that has been done to our planet

Mourning nature may sound bizarre, but philosophy regularly elaborates on the issue. Ecological grief is a reaction to environmental degradation and the inhumane handling of the climate crisis. It is perfectly possible, for example, to mourn the extinction of an animal species, the loss of large chunks of rainforest or in anticipation of a future loss.

An eco-grief ritual can make you reconnect with certain values to reinstate them as a driving force for rekindling the fire of hope. It can drain our apathetic imagination or paralysis to act and incite us to do our best beyond the pain of the screaming planet. A ritual that celebrates the earth can give grief a place.


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