Solastalgia

There is a wooded area above a beach at Carkeek Park in Seattle where you can walk under a cool forest canopy, a small reminder of what was. If, going back to city hills,  apartments start looking like ancient cedar groves, the sidewalk seems to morph into a wild tumbling stream, and a skateboarder disappears around the corner like a white-tailed deer, then you know its time to go visit wilderness.

It’s responsible and caring to calculate your carbon footprint and try to reduce your use of electricity and fuel. Walk, ride transit, turn off unnecessary appliances, recycle more and fly less. All good. But once in a while you should go to the mountains, and let the green hills smooth out your brain waves and soothe your solastalgia. Distress at losing a familiar natural environment, worry about the future, is also an effect of climate change.

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