Beyond Climate Despair: From Anxiety to Agency

Thursday 4:30pm-5:45pm Tate B50
Plenary Talk


Jennifer Atkinson, University of Washington-Bothell Campus

As our climate crisis deepens, despair is on the rise. Terms like "eco-anxiety" and "climate grief" have proliferated in popular culture, and a raft of new studies identifies climate disruption as a mental health crisis. This talk will outline the existential toll of environmental destruction on different groups – from scientists and activists to students, educators, and frontline communities. We will also discuss strategies for helping students process difficult emotions and develop the resilience to stay engaged in the work ahead.

Beyond Climate Despair: From Anxiety to Agency Presentation (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 93.9MB Jul15 22)

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