Solastalgia

Glenn Albrecht
Duns Creek, NSW, Australia
2019

Story Info

Albrecht 2019

Story & Experience

This year we photographed a dead female Wallaby at the top of Wallaby Close. She must have hopped into the path of a car last night. Road kill is a huge issue in our part of the world. Here is a wounded ‘place’, or perhaps a ‘dead place’ that once exemplified all that was beautiful and vital about life. We picked a rose from our garden and placed it on her body. Our roses are a favourite treat for the wild wallabies of Wallaby Farm. They prune them all to wallaby height in their quest for tender rose leaves, especially during droughts. We have many sites that are wounded by the Anthropocene as it devours loved places. Yet another aspect of life that is part of the ‘carnage’ of the Anthropocene is road-wounding and road-kill. The rose on her body is to let the world know that we did not ignore this wallaby death. May all go that bit slower in life to let others simply live.

Duns Creek, NSW, Australia

RECENT STORIES

  • GBOH

The Ground Beneath Our Hearts

On September 12, 2015, Radical Joy for Hard Times partnered with ten communities around the world that have been severely affected by mineral extraction. From a journalist's visit to a children's cemetery in a polluted [...]

  • GEE2

Earth Exchange in the Hunter Valley

NOTE: Radical Joy for Hard Times is honored that Australian philosopher-author-activist Glenn Albrecht, who coined the term "solastalgia", has been participating in our Global Earth Exchanges since the very beginning. Glenn's creation of a word [...]

More Stories

SUBSCRIBE

JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER

Radical Joy Revealed is a weekly message of inspiration about finding and making beauty in wounded places.

2019-06-22T15:01:23-07:00
This website uses cookies and third party services. See our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information. Settings Ok

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to track your path through our website. To assist in protecting your privacy, we anonymize the last 4 of the IP address.

Tracking Cookies

To monitor and help enhance your visit while on the website.

Host Accounts

We offer a individuals private member access as Hosts when they register. We offer Host newsletters and the ability to manage Earth Exchange Events & Stories that Hosts will author and help manage. We ask for basic information from Hosts to join. We additionally ask the Host to provide detailed information about their events and preparations. This includes images and narratives about their event and any Stories told about the Exchange Events hosted.