Eco-grief and climate anxiety: managing the crisis

Eco-grief and climate anxiety: managing the crisis

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This talk explores the mental health dimensions of climate disruption, and offers strategies for navigating the diverse emotions we feel.

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We usually focus on the physical impacts of climate change, but ecological disruption is also taking a huge emotional toll. This talk explores the mental health dimensions of climate disruption, and offers strategies for navigating the diverse emotions we feel in response to this crisis: anxiety, grief, guilt, fear, apathy, hope and more.

Jennifer Atkinson is an Associate Professor of environmental humanities at the University of Washington and host of "Facing It," a podcast exploring the emotional toll of climate disruption. She also coordinates the Existential Toolkit for Climate Educators, an international collaboration of activists, educators, climate scientists and artists who provide resources for navigating the psychological dimensions of our unfolding crisis. Jennifer's seminar on "Climate Anxiety & Eco-Grief" was one of the first college courses of its kind in the U.S. and has been featured in The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, NBC News, The Seattle Times, and Grist. She is also the author of Gardenland: Nature, Fantasy and Everyday Practice. Jennifer holds a PhD in English from the University of Chicago, and currently lives in Seattle where she’s taught at the University of Washington for the past 11 years.

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This event is sponsored by the Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy (RISE), Climate Change Initiative (CCI) and Department of Environmental Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EEAS) of UMass Lowell.

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