Turning Eco-Anxiety into Eco-Action | Our Broken PlanetAt times it can be overwhelming to contemplate the challenges we face in the Anthropocene, from the climate crisis to biodiversity loss. The hurdles in the way of a sustainable future can sometimes feel insurmountable - but each of us is capable of making a difference. Join us in conversation with eco-anxiety activist and researcher Clover Hogan and climate psychology researcher Caroline Hickmann. We will explore why we feel the way we do, and how to turn ecological grief into determination to make positive change for the future of our planet. About the speakers Clover Hogan is a 21-year-old climate activist, researcher on eco-anxiety, and Founder and Executive Director of Force of Nature. Force of Nature is a youth non-profit mobilising mindsets for climate action. Through virtual programmes, they empower young people in over 50 countries to cultivate mindsets of agency, purpose and resilience. They also work with decision-makers across business, policy and civil society to drive intergenerational solutions. Caroline Hickmann is a Climate Psychology Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Bath. Her research centres on children and young people's relationships with nature and feelings about the climate and ecological crisis in the UK, Maldives, South Pacific and other communities already affected by rising sea levels. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Climate Psychology Alliance (CPA), and is a practicing psychotherapist. The Natural History Museum in London is home to over 80 million objects, including meteorites, dinosaur bones and a giant squid. Our channel brings the Museum to you - from what goes on behind the scenes to surprising science and stories from our scientists. Subscribe to http://www.youtube.com/naturalhistorymuseum We hope you enjoyed this event. As a charity we need your help. With our doors closed, we're losing vital income. If you could help us with a donation – no matter the size – we'd greatly appreciate it. Thank you. Visit http://www.nhm.ac.uk/donate Website: http://www.nhm.ac.uk Twitter: http://twitter.com/NHM_London Facebook: http://fb.com/naturalhistorymuseum Instagram: http://instagram.com/natural_history_museum
Associations between green/blue spaces and mental health across 18 countriesLiving near, recreating in, and feeling psychologically connected to, the natural world are all associated with better mental health, but many exposure-related questions remain. Using data from an 18-country survey (n = 16,307) we explored associations between multiple measures of mental health (positive well-being, mental distress, depression/anxiety medication use) and: (a) exposures (residential/recreational visits) to different natural settings (green/inland-blue/coastal-blue spaces); and (b) nature connectedness, across season and country. People who lived in greener/coastal neighbourhoods reported higher positive well-being, but this association largely disappeared when recreational visits were controlled for. Frequency of recreational visits to green, inland-blue, and coastal-blue spaces in the last 4 weeks were all positively associated with positive well-being and negatively associated with mental distress. Associations with green space visits were relatively consistent across seasons and countries but associations with blue space visits showed greater heterogeneity. Nature connectedness was also positively associated with positive well-being and negatively associated with mental distress and was, along with green space visits, associated with a lower likelihood of using medication for depression. By contrast inland-blue space visits were associated with a greater likelihood of using anxiety medication. Results highlight the benefits of multi-exposure, multi-response, multi-country studies in exploring complexity in nature-health associations.