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If you’ve had a dream about climate change, there’s a therapist in New York who’d love to hear about it.

“When I collect these dreams, I find them interesting because I see all of our psyches working on the same problem,” Martha Crawford says.

Early this year, Crawford started the Climate Dreams project. She invites people to report their dreams on her blog, and she scours Twitter for posts about dreams of climate impacts, such as storms, rising seas, and extinction.

These climate impacts are real, but the dreams they inspire are often fantastical. For example, people describe dreams of 300-foot waves, polar bears in their homes, and blizzards in the summer.

Crawford says many of the dreams reflect feelings of anxiety, fear, or mourning. But in others, people dream about solutions or convincing someone to care about global warming.

“You see that people are working on this as they sleep,” Crawford says.

She says her collection of dreams indicates that people are struggling to come to grips with climate change. And as the project grows, she hopes to “really just be able to hold it up to us as a mirror about how we’re trying to make sense of what we’ve done, and what’s happening, and what we hope to do.”

Reporting credit: Sarah Kennedy/ChavoBart Digital Media.

Samantha Harrington, director of audience experience for Yale Climate Connections, is a journalist and graphic designer with a background in digital media and entrepreneurship. Sam is especially interested...