Psychological stress of environmental decline

Other Names:
Psycho-terratic disorders
Climate grief
Global dread
Environmental despair

Public concern over environmental change is at a record high. Doomsday scenarios are capturing the headlines at an accelerating rate.


To balance the term ‘topophilia’, a love of place, environmental philosopher Glenn Albrecht opposes ‘solastalgia’ — the desolate feeling associated with the chronic decline of a homescape. Solastalgia names the emotions we have at the loss of species and habitats through climate change and other environmental changes


A Yale survey (Climate Change in the American Mind: March 2018) shows that 62% of participants said they were "somewhat" worried when it comes to climate. That number is up from 49% in 2010. The number of those who claimed to be "very" worried was 21%, which is double the rate of a similar study conducted in 2015.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 15: Life on Land
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST