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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

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Urban and Rural Development
Del Bene, Daniela
Autonomous University of Barcelona
Iniesta-Arandia, Irene
Autonomous University of Barcelona
Piñeiro, Concepción

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG13 Climate action
SDG16 Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

UKÄ Subject classification

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

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