Eco-Grief at Colorado College

By: Olivia Dicks Colorado College students struggle with the grave impacts of climate change affecting many aspects of their lives.  Many students are “scared for our kids and our grandkids,” as climate impact increases,  said Avery Bakewell, a first-year CC student from Maine.  Eco-grief is the term researchers are using to describe a feeling of…

Colorado College Students on Climate Change

By Emily Stamper It is common at Colorado College to see students reducing their carbon footprint in small and numerous ways. In Ben Khaghani and Ethan Hall’s eight-person, three story apartment on East campus, you will find a compost bin under the table that holds their homegrown sprouts, more skateboards than people and that arc…

Climate Change and Feelings of Profound Loss

By Rachel Colchete Naturalist John Hunt has a deep sensitivity for the land, often exploring the forest and observing the state of the earth, plants, and animals sharing the 80 acres of land he lives on.  Hunt notices when someone has stripped the bark from a tree or plucked flowers from a bush. He bristles…

Colorado College students wrestle with eco-grief

By Mitchell Adams  From being unable to play outside with friends as a child due to extreme heat in Botswana to losing the ability to jump off of a beloved pier on Lake Michigan because it became submerged due to lake rise, students at Colorado College have been grappling with the mental impacts of climate…

Climate sadness: Solastalgia on college campuses

By Auguste Voss As reports on the rapid acceleration of climate change continue to dominate the headlines, young people are grappling with the realization that they’ve inherited a broken planet – and they aren’t happy about it. Reactions to rising temperatures vary, along with approaches to dealing with the problem. But some young people increasingly…

Eco Grief Across Generations

Whitton Feer The car whirred through the yellow aspens and the fragments of trees remaining from last year’s avalanche cycle.  There was no cell service on Independence pass for podcasts or music, rendering the ride silent. My father Peter Feer, riding shotgun, turned to me, momentarily stealing my focus from the switchbacks. He told me…