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Temperatures spiking globally. Droughts, flooding and violent storms becoming the norm where they were once the exception. Communities losing their livelihoods. Animals running out of habitat. As the implications of the climate crisis become increasingly palpable, it's no wonder people feel a new sense of fear and sadness.
Reaching maturity at a moment when the future looks bleak, young people can be especially prone to climate grief. To provide them with support and coping skills, the University of East Anglia now runs a 'Mindfulness and Active Hope' course, the only one of its kind in the UK.
Six weekly sessions aim to help students learn how to transform their eco-anxiety into 'active hope' — the course draws on the bestselling book of the same name by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone. Mindfulness techniques will be taught to cultivate calm and build self-care routines. UAE developed the course in partnership with local mental health charity Norfolk and Waveney Mind.
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