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The term is used to describe experiences related to environmental crises. This definition links eco-anxiety to a general concern, fear or anxiety, mainly related to the belief that the ecological basis of the system is about to collapse.

The most prevalent form of eco-anxiety would appear to be climate anxiety, thus linked to the understandable severity of the ecological crisis, triggered by the concatenation of extreme events (heat waves, water bombs...) and their consequences on the ground (prolonged droughts, floods, fires, desertification, loss of biodiversity...) and in society (food and water insecurity, economic instability, forced migrations...).

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The physical impacts of climate change are impossible to ignore, but experts are becoming increasingly concerned about another, less obvious, consequence of this crisis: the stress it is causing on the psyches of people around the world. Particularly in the case of the very young.

Although eco-anxiety is not currently considered a medical condition, the APA (American Pshychological Association) has defined it as a 'chronic fear of environmental fate' (Clayton et al. 2017).

If you want to know more, don't miss the talk with Jeroen Lapeer at De Centrale on Saturday April 23rd.