In this special session led by Ayesha Ercelawn, the Nature Journal Educator’s Forum explores how we as educators process anxiety and grief about environmental damage. In order to help our students work through their feelings and reactions, we first have to know how to take care of ourselves and honor our own feelings around this overwhelming topic.
Ayesha guides us in trying out a few exercises and prompts based on Joanna Macy’s work:
Grounding Prompt: “Some things I love about being alive on Earth are…”
Prompt 1: When I think about the environmental damage happening to our world, I GRIEVE that…
Prompt 2: I hope that ….
Prompt 3: As I face the future, I will remember that the personal and communal resources I bring to it are….