Watch: Eco-anxiety spurs creativity

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How do you reckon with the feeling that everything is changing? That sense that crises are converging? With the notion that we have some big choices to make individually and collectively?

Those questions get at some of the ideas at play in “Caring at the End of the World,” a new video from Eco-Anxious Stories that you can watch below.

Narrated by Winnipegger Meghan Mast, the video features images from a series of zines Mast and Joni Sawatzky created in response to their growing eco-anxiety (a sense of worry and dread about the climate crisis).

“When my friend Joni and I decided to make this zine series we were really feeling very overwhelmed and afraid, and it sort of grew out of an attempt to focus on what it is that we did have control over,” Mast says in the video. “The way that we take care of ourselves, the way that we take care of the other people in our lives, and the way that we take care of the world in our sort of immediate vicinity.”

“Imagine if we were honest with each other about how we feel—our fears and our anger,” Mast adds. “Like, imagine if we all took responsibility for each other and the well-being of each other. I just think the world would look a lot different.”

Started last year by B.C. residents Rachel Malena-Chan and Kevin Gatley, Eco-Anxious Stories is billed as an “online space dedicated to transforming eco-anxiety into meaningful action.” Visit ecoanxious.ca for details.

Do you have a video we should see? Email submit@canadianmennonite.org.

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An image from a zine created by Meghan Mast and Joni Sawatzky. (Image courtesy of YouTube)

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