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Earth Emotions: New Words for a New World

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  11 reviews
As climate change and development pressures overwhelm the environment, our emotional relationships with Earth are also in crisis. Pessimism and distress are overwhelming people the world over. In this maelstrom of emotion, solastalgia, the homesickness you have when you are still at home, has become, writes Glenn A. Albrecht, one of the defining emotions of the twenty-firs ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 15th 2019 by Cornell University Press
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Mariemelrose
Finally in😉. In Earth Emotions, Glenn Albrecht, explores the need for new more suitable terms for new feelings, new sensations in our world of upheaval, forced migration, forced displacement and changes to and within our familiar physical, cultural and emotional environment in which, he argues, we are in symbiosis. Albrecht debunks terms such as ' the environment', 'nostalgia', among others..... as obsolete in light of our new, enlightened understanding and knowledge of the above mentioned chang ...more
Adam Johnson
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Earth Emotions as a book intrigued me for its offering of a discussion of the “full range of our emotional responses to the emergent state of the world”. A world that is upset by the trauma of climate change and environmental crises, but also a world optimistic.

And indeed, the book does a good job of defining a whole suite of terms to describe various Earth emotions. Some of these terms may become part of the popular vernacular. Others may obscure otherwise clear thought. It also creates a compe
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Grace
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An essential book with some important insights into how we navigate and express our emotions in this age of climate emergency. I felt it slipped a bit in the final pages, with some of the hopes for the next generation in terms of population and technology revealed a very western centric approach, but this doesn't detract from the very helpful and important work of this book and the writer ...more
Sigrun Hodne
An eco philosophical dictionary for the world to come.
Tija Bija
Jun 23, 2020 rated it liked it
"Emotions are primary and primordial forces that motivate us to action." What emotions do motivate the modern human? And can we actually define 21. century emotions and anxieties? Do we even know where they are coming from and what are the consequences?
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"Language extinction goes hand in hand with endemic landscape and biota extinction", therefore Glenn sees the need for new words that describe new emotions. Earth Emotions speak about current century and newly descriptive terms help to underst
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the philoser
Dec 26, 2021 rated it it was ok
What a bizarre book. Infuriatingly unsystematic and random. Did we really need an analysis of Avatar in the middle of all this? How many funky neologisms based on latin and germanic roots does it take to make the rather obvious point that "nature destroyed feels bad" and "animism feels good"?

Apart from the emotion typology which is at least fun and fruitful regardless of how stringent it may be (similar to how personality typologies tend to be bullshit but at the same time very fun and fruitful
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Shane
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Philosopher Glenn Albrecht, in writing Earth Emotions, is creating a language that ties together humanity and our surrounding environment, both in the positive and negative. He has created an extensive glossary of terms that relate to emotional responses to nature and environment. The book begins with the negative in concepts like "solastalgia", "the existential and lived experience of negative environmental change" (p38), then follows with the affirming in concepts like "Symbiocene" or a future ...more
Rajesh Hegde
Jul 13, 2021 rated it liked it
The book did a good review of the current climate crisis around the world and the negative psychological responses of the people to the crisis. The book also proposed alternative green world where positive eco-psychologcial responses could be generated. You will learn bunch of new words from the environmental psychology field through this book.

The main criticism for this book, which is primarily a eco-psychology overview of climate change, is it doesn't empower the readers to go in the real worl
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Sally Piper
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a deeply philosophical book about the changing emotional connections humans make with the lands upon which they live. I particularly enjoyed the chapter explaining 'Solastalgia', a word coined by Albrecht in 2003 to describe the 'homesickness you have at home' as the lands we live upon are degraded by forces (usually) outside of our control (think mining). A book for our time, which offers optimistic possibilities to address our earth emotions now and into the future. ...more
Mason
Nov 04, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: ecology-climate
Though occasionally weighed down by the philosophical/linguistic analysis, Albrecht offers several interesting frameworks – in particular, the Symbiocene – that provide fruitful territory for artists to imagine into being.
Mills College Library
304.2 A341 2019
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