Whitman College

Navigating Climate Anxiety

Jennifer Atkinson, PhD, is an Associate Teaching Professor at UW, author of Gardenland: Nature, Fantasy and Everyday Practice, public speaker, and host of the podcast Facing It. Her research and speaking events often focus on climate anxiety, eco-grief, and how to cope with these feelings.

In this event, Jennifer will discuss climate change's external impacts, such as environmental degradation, as well as the emotional toll these impacts have on students, activists, scientists, and frontline communities. She will also focus on the inherent intersections between climate change and social justice, and wrap up her presentation with ways to navigate feelings of hopelessness and grief in the face of climate change. In particular, Jennifer will explore the importance of the humanities when it comes to facing climate anxiety, delving into the role of creative writing, storytelling, and ritual. The event will conclude with a Q&A to allow participants to explore the topic further and build a mindful and compassionate community.

Sponsored by ASWC Sustainability and the Mental Health Awareness Club.

Dial-In Information

Register for the event at the link below, then check your email the afternoon before the event for the zoom link.


Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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