Originally published on the Service Superpower Blog 9/4/21.

The concept of “eco-anxiety” expands beyond climate change. According to The Washington Post, nearly one in three Americans experienced a weather-related disaster this summer. Unless we take rapid global, national, state, and local action soon, the disasters will continue at an even faster rate and with more intensity. Lives will be lost. Communities destroyed…again.

The reality of the climate crisis is here and it’s broken open any myths we still had about equity in our society. Those with the least resources will hurt the most, but no one is immune from the…

How do we explain what happened January 6th to our kids?

Anxious teen. By SBD. 1/06/21.

I wrote last week about how Generation Z is the most anxious, loneliest generation. I talked about climate anxiety and the pandemic. I mentioned that according to the Cigna loneliest index, they are lonelier than Baby Boomers. That index research occurred before the pandemic. Social media isn’t simply a tool for sharing cool memes, these kids are bright, and hyperaware of social and political issues.

And then… an attack on the Capitol.

My 15 year-old watched with us as it unfolded on CNN. It first looked like the protestors had crossed the barrier and would remain…

5 Ways to Handle a Socially-Distanced Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

But for the families of 250,000 American who have passed away from the Coronavirus it is not. Even for those of us who have not been harmed by the virus, this will be a holiday like no other.

I spoke to my mom, a retired guidance counselor, on strategies she recommends based on her 40 years of experience helping people cope with anxiety, depression, stress, and grief.

Zooming with Grandma to get some coping wisdom. Photo credit: Heather White

I write about climate change and its impact on mental health. What does this pandemic possibly have to do with eco-anxiety?

Simply, we all have anxiety right now.

And we must take care of our mental and physical health. Self-compassion and community connection are how we will Reset to Green in a post-pandemic era and as President-Elect Joe Biden says build back better.

Five Covid Holiday Coping Strategies from this Retired Guidance Counselor:

1) The holidays are tough no matter what, but the isolation this year is especially challenging. Give to your favorite charity or volunteer (if you can) to support others in this time of global crisis.


Originally published on heatherwhite.com on October 13, 2020

We saw four shooting stars Friday night. The Milky Way expanded across the horizon. We were on common hunting grounds of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.

We saw more stars than any of us had ever seen. Looking into the heavens made us feel simultaneously small and connected to something larger than ourselves. It was a beautiful experience.

But the weekend in this stunning spot wasn’t easy.

Axolotl Lake outside of Ennis, Montana. Photo Credit: Heather White 2020

The kids aren’t excited about hiking. So we had more forced family time during a pandemic. …

The intensity of 2020 inspired me to share some magic. And kindness. And nature.

It was a tough day. A tough week. My God, it’s been a tough year.

And then Bozeman’s Random Acts of Silliness & the Gallatin Valley Land Trust created this beautiful fairy house tour on a local trail.

The delight of the kids, the care and creativity of the artists who curated this experience, and the beauty of the outdoors lifted my spirits.

I got choked up.

I thought about Rachel Carson’s book “A Sense of Wonder” and was filled with gratitude for this special community.

Carson said:

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”

These little fairy houses tucked away near the local stream brought me back to the moment.

But it is a call to action.

Originally published at ecoanxietyblog.com on September 20, 2020

September 18th was a tough one. Let’s face it, though, this whole year has been one enormous challenge after another. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg was a legal giant. We honor her and celebrate her life. She showed us that one individual can create a huge impact on an entire nation. The fight for equality continues.

California Skies September 2020. Photo Credit: SKR via Heather White.

In Bozeman, the Sunrise Movement attended the candlelight vigil for this icon of legal jurisprudence and scholarship. These young people fighting for climate justice knew what we all do —…

Monday, September 14, marked 6 full months of stay-at-home orders from the pandemic for our family. On March 14 we went out to lunch, visited the library, and stocked up on groceries. We knew it would be awhile but could not have imagined the past 6 months. A global pandemic, systemic racism, economic and food insecurity, the West on fire — it is A LOT to handle — especially for the kids.

That said, I know how lucky my family is — no one directly impacted by Covid-19 (yet), we still have jobs, and we have teenagers who can handle…

Eco-Anxiety is taking its toll.

Originally published at ecoanxietyblog.com on August 15, 2020

Gen Z kids are connected to digital media almost 24–7, which translates into a hyperawareness of today’s world but also significant anxiety. A global pandemic, confront systemic racism, economic disruption, food insecurity — and of course — global warming — it’s a lot for us all to take in.

Everyone is anxious right now, but especially Gen Z, who is dealing with what the American Physcolognical Association as termed “eco-anxiety,” or the “chronic fear of environmental doom.” …

The Reckoning & Safeguarding Our Future

I’ve been in more protests in the last two years than my entire life, even as a lawyer and self-proclaimed activist. The reason? My Gen Z kids.

First it was March for Our Lives in 2018, a march against gun violence after the massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Then there was the March for Science and the Women’s March. In the fall of 2019, my kids recruited me to participate in the Greta-inspired climate march. …

Co-authors Linda Reinstein & Heather White

Montana, The Last Best Place, home to Yellowstone and Glacier, grizzly bears, bison, and endless blue skies, is also home to one of the largest man-made asbestos disasters in the nation.

Our senators, Democrat Jon Tester and Republican Steve Daines, know all too well how the scourge of asbestos has ravaged the beautiful town of Libby. More than 400 residents have died and thousands more have been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases since W.R. Grace closed its vermiculite mine in 1990.

No amount of money can compensate these families for the suffering and death they have endured. As for the patients…

Heather White

Founder OneGreenThing. CEO Heather White Strategies. Past CEO of Yellowstone Forever & ED of EWG, Hill staffer. Eco-anxiety expert. www.heatherwhite.com

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