Wednesday, July 8, 2015

100 Emotional Responses to Climate Disruption

by Rabbi Katy Z. Allen

Climate change, or perhaps more accurately, climate disruption, evokes within us a myriad of emotions. The People's Climate March was joyful and gave us a sense of connection and perhaps even hope. Contemplating the science can send us into despair, depression, and total hopelessness. I've compiled 100 possible diverse emotions and feelings that we may experience from day to day as we confront the present and future state of our planet. Which ones have you felt? Which do you feel today?

Note: You may sometimes need to add "a sense of" or something similar in front of a word in order to create a simple, "I feel..." or "I am..." sentence.

100 Emotional Responses to Climate Disruption


1)      Abandoned
2)      Alert
3)      Angry
4)      Anticipation
5)      Anxiety
6)      Avoidance
7)      Awakened
8)      Aware
9)      Betrayed
10)  Blinded
11)  Brokenhearted
12)  Burdened
13)  Calm
14)  Cared for
15)  Committed
16)  Compassionate
17)  Confused
18)  Connected
19)  Courageous
20)  Crazed
21)  Curious
22)  Dedicated
23)  Depressed
24)  Despairing
25)  Disbelief
26)  Disconnected
27)  Disdainful
28)  Disinterested
29)  Dismayed
30)  Dismissed
31)  Dismissive
32)  Downhearted
33)  Downtrodden
34)  Dread
35)  Driven
36)  Eager
37)  Empathetic
38)  Emptiness
39)  Enraged
40)  Exhausted
41)  Failure
42)  Faith
43)  Fear
44)  Fired up
45)  Forgiving
46)  Furious
47)  Grateful
48)  Gratitude
49)  Greedy
50)  Grief
51)  Healed
52)  Helpless
53)  Hopeful
54)  Ignorant
55)  Inadequate
56)  Incompetent
57)  Ineffective
58)  Insufficient
59)  Joyful
60)  Kindhearted
61)  Loving
62)  Merciful
63)  Nothingness
64)  Oppressed
65)  Outraged
66)  Overwhelmed
67)  Peaceful
68)  Powerful
69)  Powerless
70)  Prepared
71)  Pressured
72)  Protected
73)  Receptive
74)  Reluctant
75)  Resigned
76)  Resolute
77)  Restrained
78)  Sadness
79)  Sensitivity
80)  Sorrowful
81)  Strength
82)  Supported
83)  Sympathetic
84)  Taken advantage of
85)  Tearful
86)  Tense
87)  Terror
88)  Tired
89)  Tortured
90)  Unaware
91)  Uncertainty
92)  Unclear
93)  Unforgiving
94)  Unprepared
95)  Unprotected
96)  Unrestrained
97)  Unsupported
98)  Uplifted
99)  Void
100) Weary

Rabbi Katy Allen is a board certified chaplain and serves as a Nature Chaplain and the Facilitator of One Earth Collaborative, a program of Open Spirit. She is the founder and rabbi of Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope, which holds services outdoors all year long. She is the President of the Boston-based Jewish Climate Action Network

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