Category: Earth Emotions

Topoaversion

From Earth Emotions: “Topoaversion” is a conceptual response to the feeling that you do not wish to return to a place that you once loved and enjoyed, when you know that it has been irrevocably changed for the worse.[1] It is not “topophobia”, where you have fear of a place that might prevent you from

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Generation Symbiocene, Optimism and Symbiocene Identity

The loss of identity tied to a sense of place was one of the defining characteristics of my concept of solastalgia.[1] The issue of “identity” was even in the sub-title of the first publication devoted to it.  In my first publication on this topic I argued that, while solastalgia is a serious psychic condition, it

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Terratorture

  Terratorture (acts of intentional cruelty to the Earth). From: Terra (the Earth) and Torture, Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin tortūra, from Latin tortus, past participle of torquēre, to twist. Cognate concepts: Terratort (Earth injury where ecocide and tierracide are inflicted on the Earth). From: Tort Middle English, injury, from Old French, from

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Innocide and Earthlings

Innocide and Earthlings The Ongoing Apology to Young and Future Earthlings (I wrote this letter of apology to future generations in 2009. It was based on the apology to the ‘Stolen Generation’ of Indigenous Australians. Now, 10 years later, it is, unfortunately, still relevant.) From Glenn Albrecht, Earth Citizen, My fellow Earthlings, We have reached

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Ecocide and Solastalgia

The sudden illness, then death of Polly Higgins (1968 – 2019) is a sad and monumental loss to all humanity. As a champion of the concept of ‘ecocide’, she was taking on the whole world. I believe she would have won. The affinity between her work and mine was captured in Earth Emotions in this

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The Love of Small Things

From little things big things grow (song co-written by Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody). Yet, adoration of the individual hero and the ‘big’ person view of history prevails. In ‘Earth Emotions’ (May 2019) I see this trait as, in part, a failure to understand the symbiotic turn in life science. I argue: “Some humans have

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Emotional investment?

A standard view is; “The more emotionally invested you are in anything in your life, the less critical and the less objectively observant you become.” (David JP Phillips, We Don’t Have Time board of directors, “The Magical Science of Storytelling”). I think the opposite is true. Here is my reasoning. Emotions are an integral part

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