If you watched Sir David Attenborough’s new documentary A Life on Our Planet with a sense of despair, then you are not alone. Eco anxiety is on the rise, with just over a third of the British public feeling anxious because of the environmental emergency, according to research commissioned by Triodos Bank last year. 

What can we do to counter our feelings of hopelessness when faced with the truth about climate change? To find out, I turned to the author, Isabel Losada, whose new book The Joyful Environmentalist is described as ‘a manifesto of brilliant advice offered with humility and good grace [and] a practical guide to empower us all’.

In her book, Isabel explores how we can transform and enrich our lives if we focus on putting the planet first. She says “happiness is my overall study, so I wanted to know how we can help the environment and enhance our lives”.

With chapters on removing plastic from your home, organic farming, fossil fuels and climate change deniers, the book is not so much a how-to guide as a journey into the author’s adventures in becoming a joyful environmentalist.

When asked how she achieves joy in the face of the stark facts about the destruction of our natural world, Isabel says “we know climate change is real, so my focus is on solutions.” She continues, “people get depressed and anxious when they feel powerless, so live your life and make all your choices knowing that you are supporting our planet”.

Her approach is to look at ways that we can transform the way we live, eat, bank, heat our homes and go on holiday and still put the planet first. 

As she says in her book “The good news is that there is much that we can do. So much. Let’s enjoy changing the way we live and make choices that enhance life for ourselves and for others. Anything less is a disservice to our one brief life and to our beautiful planet.”

If this has piqued your interest, I will be hosting a Q&A session with Isabel on Facebook very soon and now is your chance to get involved.

Send in your questions for Isabel on becoming a joyful eco warrior and practising environmentalism without preaching here: https://forms.gle/2wcL8RUxUhovcFGK8

There will also be a chance for you to win your own copy of The Joyful Environmentalist, so stay tuned. If you can’t wait that long, it is available to buy here.

Isabel Losada