If you constantly worry about the state of the climate and how it will continue to change for future generations, you're not alone. The non-stop news of hurricanes, wildfires and other catastrophes worldwide leaves many people in fear.
So, is there a healthy way to respond to your climate anxiety? Embracing your concerns is the first step to coping with them. Then, taking practical steps in your daily life that positively impact your community and beyond will give you the assurance that you're not sitting on your hands as environmental issues stack up. Below, we provide some simple ways to navigate your climate fear and contribute to a healthier planet.
Don't Ignore Your Concerns
First, it's essential not to push your worries aside and never return to them. Chances are you are concerned for good reasons, and ignoring the environmental problems in front of us will not ease your anxiety or improve the planet's health.
Maybe you are disheartened by all of the natural disasters you see or angry that more people are not contributing to solutions. Perhaps you are frustrated because you don't feel like you can change things. Whatever your concerns, embrace them while also keeping a positive outlook.
Start a Green Business
If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, there is no shortage of business ideas to flourish and benefit your community and the environment. You could start a landscaping or gardening business that uses sustainable materials and processes. You could become a solar panel installer or upcycle furniture.
Maybe you're really into food and could thrive with an organic catering business or an eco-conscious restaurant. Here are some other green business opportunities to consider:
Grow your own produce to sell at a farmer's market and restaurants.
Start a beekeeping business.
Become a sustainable florist.
Sell natural beauty products online.
Start an environmental blog.