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Climate Depression: Confronting Eco-Anxiety in the Age of Crisis
February 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$5
As our climate crisis grows, new research shows that ecological loss is taking a huge emotional toll. Terms like “eco-grief,” “climate depression” and “pre-traumatic stress” are becoming increasingly common. Meanwhile, frontline communities—particularly poor and historically marginalized groups—are experiencing the brunt of climate disruption and suffering from significant mental health impacts.
In this talk, Dr. Jennifer Atkinson discusses the emotional dimensions of our climate crisis and share strategies for addressing grief and anxiety over environmental loss without retreating into despair. Having taught one of the first college seminars on eco-grief, Atkinson draws on her experience helping students and activists build the resilience to stay engaged in climate solutions over the long run.