Naming Unnamed Emotions and Feelings

Endemophilia: The love of the locally and regionally distinctive, as felt by the people of that place. [From the French endémique plus Greek roots, endēmia (a dwelling in), endēmos (native in the people) and philia (love of)].

Eutierria: A oneness with the earth and its life forces where the boundaries between self and the rest of nature are obliterated and a good, deep sense of peace and connectedness pervades consciousness. [ From eu (good), tierra (the Earth) and ia (suffix for member of a group)].

Global Dread: The vision of an apocalyptic future state of the world that produces a toxic mixture of terror and sadness in the sufferer for those who will exist within the future.

Solastalgia: The pain, melancholia or distress caused by the loss or lack of solace and the sense of desolation connected to the present state of one’s home and territory. It is the lived experience of negative environmental change … the homesickness you have when you are still at home. [From the New Latin word ‘nostalgia’ (and its Greek roots nostos and algos), and two Latin roots, solace and desolation, and the New Latin suffix, algia (pain)].

Soliphilia: The love of working with other people to save loved places at all scales, from the local to the global, from the forces of desolation. [From the French solidaire (interdependent) and the Latin solidus (solid or whole) and the Greek, philia (the love of one’s fellow citizens and neighbours)].

Terrafurie: A form of extreme anger unleashed within those who must react to the Earth-destructive tendencies in the current form of society. [From terra (the Earth) and the Middle English furie which comes from the Latin furere (to rage)].

Terranascia: Earth creator. [Terra (the Earth) and the Latin nātūra (to be born)].

Terraphthora: Earth destroyer. [Terra (the Earth) and the Greek phthorá (to destroy)].

Tierracide: Earth murder or the deliberate desolation of the Earth such that it can no longer support life and life-support processes at global scale. [Terra (the Earth) and Latin cide (killer)].

Tierratrauma: An immediate experience of acute earth-based existential trauma. [Terra (the Earth) and the Greek trauma (to wound)].

Topoaversion: A feeling that you do not wish to return to a place that you once loved and enjoyed when you know that it has been changed for the worse. [From topos (place) and the Latin āversiōn (turned away)].

Topophobia: Fear of entering a biophysical place. [From topos (place) and the Greek phobos (fear)].

Topopinea: A deep, intense longing and coveting to enter a place you have never been to but wish to go. [From topos (place) and pinia (Old English pinian (torment) and Latin poena (punishment)].

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