Why we tell climate stories

Eco-Anxious Stories is a creative collaborative space that aims to normalize eco-anxiety and build capacity for change through the lens of story. Our platform embraces the overlap of mental health, climate change, and storytelling.

Our work is about creating engaging opportunities to explore our messy relationships to social and ecological justice issues – including the climate crisis. We share stories and ideas that help us process our experience.

Narrative is a powerful tool for validating complex eco-emotions, and storytelling can help us harness our feelings for a more equitable and just world.

 

How to work with us

The Eco-Anxious Stories team is led by Story Strategist Rachel Malena-Chan, who partners with a number of collaborators to provide a wide range of storytelling services.

We facilitate workshops, produce original content, develop resources, create videos and podcasts, and manage projects related to mental health and climate change.

We aim to share stories and resources that frame eco-anxiety through the lens of social justice, centering the values of courage and compassion as we activate our feelings together.

 

 

 

Meet the team that brings this project to life

Rachel Malena-Chan

Creator & Story Strategist

Rachel (she/her) is the creator of Eco-Anxious Stories, bringing together her passion for storytelling and her commitment to social justice. As a professional Story Strategist, Rachel has a decade of experience using story to help others engage and communicate meaningfully. She provides consultation and content development services to a wide range of clients. From organizations and political leaders to small businesses and community groups, Rachel has supported people to identify their unique story and share it creatively. 

Rachel has deep roots in the Canadian Prairies (Treaty 6 Territory and the Homelands of the Metis), where she earned an MSc in Population Health Science and has published research on climate storytelling to advance climate justice and community health.  She developed Eco-Anxious Stories to combat her own sense of powerlessness and burnout toward the climate crisis, and she uses it as a space for creative collaboration around mental health and climate justice.

Today, she lives in Victoria, BC, on the unceded territories of Lekwungen-speaking Peoples. Rachel is lucky to spend all her days with her husband, Wing Go. Together they provide photography and communications services through Dwell House  and partner with the design team at Arcana Creative .

Elizabeth Roth

Content Creator 

Beth fell in love with print when she studied graphic design fresh out of high school and that love of paper and the tactile good has remained through the intervening years. Today, she is an independent illustrator, owner of Front Paper, and all-around helper at Eco-Anxious Stories. Beth supports our social media platforms, helps write our newsletter and blogs, and generally keeps things running smoothly. 

Jothsna Harris

Workshop Facilitator

Jothsna Harris (she/her) is a co-facilitator of our workshops, and she is the founder of Change Narrative LLC. Jothsna has designed and implemented award-winning climate change programs rooted in community, centering personal stories and other values-based ways that resonate, coaching thousands of people to find compelling narratives to share at live events, on radio, and as op-eds in print media. Jothsna has extensive public speaking experience for high-impact opportunities on climate justice storytelling. 

 

Molly Seaton-Fast

Creative Director & Digital Strategist

Molly joined the team at Eco-Anxious Stories during the early days of pregnancy in an attempt to turn her anxiety into action, contributing to all things design. She is Founder of Arcana Creative, a studio passionate about bringing great design solutions grounded in storytelling and strategy to non-profits and purpose-driven businesses across North America.

The founding team

Thank you Kevin Gatley and Hey Nova

This project began in 2019 through the efforts of Rachel and her brother-in-law, Kevin Gatley. Together with Kirsten and Bryony from Hey Nova, they launched the first iteration of Eco-Anxious Stories through their own resources and time.  The launch was just two weeks before the pandemic hit, and the sudden shift in priorities disrupted the original vision. Much has evolved since, but this project wouldn’t exist in the form it does today without their hard work!