Jennifer Uchendu is an ecofeminist and sustainable development advocate from Lagos, Nigeria. She is the founder of SustyVibes, a youth-led organisation making sustainability actionable and relatable for young Africans. Jennifer is also a pioneering researcher in eco-anxiety, and most recently launched The Eco-Anxiety in Africa Project.
In this episode, I speak with Jennifer about what eco-anxiety is, how power and anti-blackness shape our emotions of eco-anxiety and practical things we can do to safeguard our emotions of eco-anxiety. Grab a cup of tea, this is a powerful episode.
00:00 - Welcome to Black Earth podcast
02:13 - Jennifer’s relationship with nature
06:11 - What is eco-anxiety?
09:00 - Why the climate conference in Madrid (COP25) changed her
11:10 - How power shapes our emotions of eco-anxiety
14:52 - What eco-anxiety means for communities most affected by climate change
18:53 - Where’s the place of race in eco-anxiety?
28:55 - Four ways to safeguard eco-anxiety
31:07 - The power of hope and eco-anxiety as climate emotions
35:06 - Connect with us at Black Earth podcast
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Susty Vibes - https://sustyvibes.org/
The Eco-Anxiety in Africa Project - https://www.teap.sustyvibes.org/
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