Photographs by Chloe Dewe Mathews
Solastalgia. It’s the word for the existential depression conjured by bearing witness to climate change. I was crippled by it. And then I found out I was pregnant.
As a science and nature writer, I had grappled with climate change in my reporting, but not so much on a personal level. And admittedly, my climate anxiety manifested itself in small ways: I dreaded mild winters and torrential downpours that should’ve been snowstorms, and generally longed for a time when the park by my house would freeze over in late November and stay a desolate tundra…
Kea Krause is a writer based out of New York. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Believer, and Longreads, among other outlets.