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Jennifer Atkinson shares research on Climate Despair and Eco-Grief at Pacific Science Center

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IAS faculty member Jennifer Atkinson shared her research on Climate Despair and Eco-Grief at the Pacific Science Center as part of their Science in the City Series. In her talk, Atkinson discussed the emotional dimensions of our climate crisis and shared strategies for addressing anxiety over environmental loss without retreating in despair. Having taught one of the first college seminars on climate grief ...

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Jennifer Atkinson featured in two news stories for her work on Eco-Grief and Climate Anxiety

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IAS faculty member Jennifer Atkinson was featured in two recent news stories for her work on Eco-Grief and Climate Anxiety. The Daily's "Dealing with the emotional impact of climate change" profiled her efforts to keep students engaged in challenging curriculum around climate justice, while Edge Effects cited Atkinson's work in an article profiling activism among the Climate Generation (late millennials and Generation Z).

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Jennifer Atkinson discusses climate grief with LA Times

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IAS faculty member Jennifer Atkinson was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times for a story exploring the emotional impact of our climate crisis. As 2020 kicked off with the world's attention focused on the Australian bushfires, there has been little discussion of the far-reaching mental health consequences of such disasters. Atkinson explained that we still primarily frame climate change as a scientific or technical problem, when in fact it is a deeply emotional issue as well ...

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IAS faculty members receive funding to host speakers and events

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This fall quarter 5 IAS faculty received funding to host speakers and events on campus. Jennifer Atkinson brought Tulalip storyteller and master wood carver Kelly Moses in October who spoke about the relationship between Salish people and the forests in our region; he also shared examples of his artwork. The event was co-sponsored by Social Justice Organizers (SJO) and the Diversity Center. Dan Berger will ...

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Jennifer Atkinson interviewed on The 4 Stages of Climate Grief

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IAS faculty member Jennifer Atkinson was interviewed in an Outside Magazine story on The 4 Stages of Climate Grief.  Written by Heather Hansman, author of Downriver: Into the Future of Water in the West, the essay profiled personal struggles with climate grief and eco-anxiety. Atkinson's contribution highlighted practical strategies for coping with distress that arises from assaults on places we are personally connected to. Hansman contacted Atkinson after learning of her work helping students build emotional strategies to cope with climate grief and ...

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