Through the Lens: Solastalgia
The natural world is always changing, but these changes seem to be more and more prominent in recent years, impacting the lives and livelihoods of people in unexpected ways. In this online conversation, National Geographic Explorer and photographer Pete Muller offers an in-depth look at solastalgia, a concept that describes the emotional and existential distress caused by environmental change. He’ll examine this idea through the lens of recent events that have had a broad impact, like climate change, the coronavirus pandemic, and the devastating Camp Fire, a wildfire that ripped through the picturesque city of Paradise, California, in 2018. As part of this wide-ranging discussion on solastalgia, Muller will share his photographs of the Camp Fire and its aftermath, as well as clips from Rebuilding Paradise, an inspiring National Geographic documentary film about the event directed by Ron Howard.