Ecological grief is devastating but it may help us stop climate change

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A WEEK into our family holiday in Greece, the thing we feared the most happened: a fire broke out on the hillside next to our house. Through the smoke, we could see trees and brush going up in flames. When an outhouse on the neighbouring property caught fire, we grabbed passports, wallets and phones, piled into the car and fled.

There was nothing for it but to go to a beach and wait. A few hours later, we returned. The fire was out, the house and village intact. We were relieved and grateful, but shaken, and edgy for …

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