Finding hope in our collective fatigue: A new perspective on climate action

In a fresh take on combating climate change, Ajay Singh Chaudhary suggests our shared sense of exhaustion could be the catalyst for meaningful environmental action.

Maya Goodfellow reports for The Guardian.


In short:

  • Ajay Singh Chaudhary, in his book The Exhausted of the Earth, connects our personal feelings of exhaustion with the broader state of the world, arguing for a collective response to climate change.
  • He critiques both right-wing and left-wing approaches to climate policy, advocating for a "leftwing climate realism" that emphasizes ecological limits and the need for a slower, more sustainable way of life.
  • Chaudhary proposes building networks beyond traditional political mechanisms, using our shared emotional experiences as a foundation for collective action and international solidarity.

Key quote:

"Our ecological life is exhausting, our social and economic lives are exhausting, even our individual lives are exhausting."

— Ajay Singh Chaudhary, executive director of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Why this matters:

By recognizing our collective exhaustion as a starting point for action, we can foster a more inclusive and effective environmental movement. This approach connects directly to health outcomes by advocating for a world where people are relieved from the social, economic, and ecological despair that contributes to widespread exhaustion.

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