One of the many factors acknowledged by the Australian-born activist is the difficulty in reconciling the feeling of love and appreciation for nature when most of us are unconsciously contributing to its destruction. “Every time you make a decision, from the food in your fridge to the clothes on your back, that can be a decision that creates a negative or positive impact on the planet,” says Clover. She explains that if individuals can become more conscious about the way they consume, then they can start holding themselves accountable for their actions rather than lingering in a mindset that only contemplates it as a complex matter.
The Changemaker crash course is one of the programs that Force of Nature has been delivering. It acts as a vehicle to help young people shift their eco-anxiety to a tool for agency. “We really try to create a space for young people to figure out how they can channel these feelings and leave the anxiety behind,” says Clover. As part of the course, the startup has recently introduced skills-based workshops to teach individuals how to identify specific problems and how they can tackle them. The course is primarily structured around understanding one’s emotions and harnessing them to develop their own solutions as change makers.
In the past six months, thanks to receiving financial support, Force of Nature has been successfully expanding. “We’ve grown our team, we’ve grown our youth activists around the world so we’re now on this very exciting upwards trajectory,” announces Hogan.