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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2022

Emotional healing as part of environmental and climate justice processes: Frameworks and community-based experiences in times of environmental suffering

Gonzalez-Hidalgo, Marien; Del Bene, Daniela; Iniesta-Arandia, Irene; Pineiro, Concepcion


This paper seeks to discuss the political role of healing practices in the context of climate and environmental justice struggles. We rely on literature and practices that have identified healing as a means for liberation from structural oppression and physical and symbolic violence, to humans, non-humans and nature - namely emotional political ecologies, transformative and healing justice and communitarian feminism. We also briefly discuss the experience of three collectives in Mexico, Colombia, and Spain who develop healing strategies as a way to emotionally support local communities exposed to territorial, environmental, and climate impacts and injustice. We argue that by further addressing the political dimensions of healing in environmental and climate justice, researchers, activists, and practitioners could expand the conceptualisation of (a) the spatial and temporal scales of climate justice by further engaging with the inter- and intra-generational emotional implications of environmental injustice, and (b) environmental and climate justice as a multidimensional and nonlinear collective emotional process.


Healing; Climate justice; Environmental justice; Emotions; Political ecology

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Political Geography
2022, Volume: 98, article number: 102721

    Sustainable Development Goals

    SDG13 Climate action
    SDG16 Peace, justice and strong institutions

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    Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
    Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)

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