The enneagram model is useful here because it provides a framework for thinking about how different people interact with the world around them. What feels stressful to one personality might be framed as an exciting challenge for another. Different personalities have different primary emotions about climate change, and I think this gives us a chance to think about what healthy growth, or a sustainable response to the climate crisis, might look like for each number.
Mary reminds us to put those feelings into context. Because while I may be encountering these feelings of existential dread, fear, and anger about my future for the first time, there are others who have already faced the apocalypse.
Feeling eco-anxious? Here are some quick tips. Take a deep breath. Smile. Reach out to others. Remember: you’re not alone, you’re not powerless, you can start wherever you are.