Ecological degradation can strongly affect our emotions. How can we react to the negative feelings that arise when a favorite place is impacted by mining, logging, or pollution? Author Trebbe Johnson joined us to discuss her essay “Gaze Even Here,” published in Orion‘s November/December 2012 issue, and shared her thoughts on how to retain a love of place during trying times. She was joined by an expert panel, including artist/activist Lily Yeh and Australian philosopher Glenn Albrecht, who coined the psychological term “solastalgia,” which describes this phenomenon of ecological sadness.
I just found this and it hit home for me. I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and I feel the same way about the waters and beaches here. It’s a love-hate relationship. I hate what’s happened but I love the land so much! Trebbe’s reading of her article/passage moved me very much and it’s made me rethink about my stance on the situation. Great interview!
Thanks for taking the time to put this out there. Great job.