“Who wants to ruin the family vacation by saying, hey, the world is ending?”
– Anderson Todd
Feeling The Apocalypse is a short animated documentary about how psychotherapist Anderson Todd struggles with climate anxiety and stays grounded in an increasingly fragmenting world.
Despair is not an overreaction.
It is an appropriate and empathetic response to what’s happening everywhere.
Psychotherapist and UoFT assistant professor Anderson Todd is no stranger to these creeping feelings of despair.
From the disappearing wildlife in his hometown Owen Sound to seeing news stories about melting ice sheets and decades-long droughts, there is no end to the parade of ominous news. Little wonder then, that the worried comments from Anderson’s clients and students about the future only increase and increase. And like many others, he finds it difficult to share this crushing dread with others without turning them away.
But our short film isn’t just about anguish. It’s also about what we do now. No, our individual actions may not be able to change the course of feedback loops or reverse fossil fuel extraction. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be contributing a community, we can’t be learning useful skills, and we can’t be connecting with other people and making a difference in their lives, now or later.
Our lives don’t necessarily have to become less meaningful as the world is crumbling around us. Quite the opposite.
You can find info on past screenings (or request a screening) on our “Screenings” page.
We also have a small list of resources designed to help with people suffering from climate grief or similar anxieties, as well as links to collapse-aware communities and other useful websites. (Under construction)