During the past five years, the term ‘eco-anxiety’ has been popularised to talk about the negative impact of the climate emergency on our wellbeing. In It’s Not Just You, climate activist Tori Tsui reframes eco-anxiety as a mental health crisis that encompasses many injustices, arguing that it is deeply entrenched in societal issues including racism, sexism and ableism, as well as in capitalism.
This is the first truly intersectional book to explore the relationship between mental health and the climate crisis. It draws on the wisdom of diverse environmental advocates who have been on the frontlines long before our understandings of eco-anxiety became an issue in the global north. Each chapter features either an excerpt or interview with a marginalised activist including BIPOC, activists from the global south, women, queer activists and disabled activists.
As someone who suffers from mental health conditions, Tori argues that fights for intersectional climate justice must incorporate our wellbeing and how this is a direct reflection of our environment. Tackling eco-anxiety requires looking both inwards and outwards, addressing our own mental health while also advocating for the world's most marginalised and the planet.
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