Eco-Anxiety and Pastoral Care
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  • Release Date: 2022-03-23
  • eco-anxiety
  • pastoral care
  • climate anxiety
  • pastoral theology
Video Introduction

This video is adapted from 10.3390/rel13030192

The environmental crisis is producing an increasing number of both physical and psychological impacts. This video studies the challenge of eco-anxiety for pastoral care, drawing from both interdisciplinary research and ecological theology. The aim is to help both practitioners and researchers to encounter eco-anxiety more constructively. The rapidly growing research about eco-anxiety and therapy is discussed in relation to pastoral care. The various forms of eco-anxiety are briefly analyzed. The role of the caregivers is discussed by using sources that study the challenges of therapists in relation to eco-anxiety. The existential depths of eco-anxiety are probed in the light of recent research and older existentialist theory. It is pointed out that the political character of ecological issues, especially climate change issues, causes many kinds of challenges for pastoral care.

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