University of Virginia Press, 2023
Edited by Paul Bogard
“One of the penalties of an ecological education,” wrote Aldo Leopold, “is that one lives alone in a world of wounds.” As climate change and other environmental degradations become more evident, experts predict that an increasing number of people will suffer emotional and psychological distress as a result. Many are feeling these effects already. In the pages of Solastalgia, they will find a source of companionship, inspiration, and advice.
The concept of solastalgia comes from the Australian philosopher Glenn Albrecht, who describes it as “the homesickness we feel while still at home.” It’s the pain and longing we feel as we realize the world immediately around us is changing, with our love for that world serving as a catalyst for action on its behalf.
This powerful anthology brings together thirty-four writers—educators, journalists, poets, and scientists—to share their emotions in the face of environmental crisis. They share their solastalgia, their beloved places, their vulnerability, their stories, their vision of what we can create.
“The essays gathered in this collection provide intimate looks at beloved places—the birds and hills, the skies and first snowfalls—even as the places shift and change. It’s brave to write into the vastness of our climate crisis and still understand the role of celebration. These authors offer the full complexity of what it means to love a place while it’s being forever shifted. They provide witness and beauty and a way forward, despite despair.” – Toni Jensen, author of Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land