Climate Grief: Moving from Despair to Action

Prof. Jennifer Atkinson, University of Washington, Bothell
Wednesday, October 26, 6:30–8 p.m. in Nathan Johnson Hall and via Zoom

It is easy to get weighed down by the enormity of the climate crisis, and overcome by anxiety and grief. There is much to mourn as we see the loss of biodiversity and extreme weather events unfolding all around us. It’s necessary to recognize the grief, and its emotional toll in order to find the strength to take meaningful action and change. To quote Prof. Atkinson, “To successfully navigate the long emergency ahead, we need to build inner resilience, not just seawalls and solar panels.”

Dr. Jennifer Atkinson is an Associate Professor of environmental humanities at the University of Washington, Bothell. Her seminars on Eco-Grief and Climate Anxiety have been featured in the New York TimesWashington PostNational GeographicSeattle TimesNBC News and many other outlets. Dr. Atkinson is currently working on a book titled An Existential Toolkit for the Climate Crisis, which offers strategies to help young people navigate the emotional toll of climate breakdown. She leads public seminars on climate and mental health in partnership with youth activists, psychologists, climate scientists and policy makers. Her podcast Facing It also gives people tools to channel eco-anxiety into action.

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3 Responses

  1. Patricia Rector says:

    Thank you so much for organizing this vital gathering. I plan to attend.

  2. Nancy Maranville says:

    Thanks for your note. We’ll look forward to seeing you this evening!

  3. Marjorie Ringness says:

    Looking forward to hearing Dr. Atkinson this evening.