Trebbe Johnson, Lily Yeh, and Glenn Albrecht Discuss Solastalgia

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.


  1. 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!

  2. Thanks for taking the time to put this out there. Great job.

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