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Jennifer Atkinson speaks on eco-anxiety

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IAS faculty member Jennifer Atkinson spoke on the topic of eco-anxiety at an event sponsored by the City of Seattle's Office of Arts and Culture. Presenting alongside Clayton Aldern, a data scientist and writer for the environmental magazine Grist, Atkinson traced connections between climate change, environmental degradation, and mental health.

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Jennifer Atkinson presents research on eco-anxiety, climate grief and pretraumatic stress

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IAS faculty member Jennifer Atkinson presented her research on eco-anxiety, climate grief and pretraumatic stress at the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Speaking to an audience of climate educators, students, university administrators and environmental justice activists, her panel shared emerging research in higher education showing that young people carry an increasing emotional response of fear, anger, frustration, and sadness in response to climate disruption.

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Jennifer Atkinson: "How should we talk about what’s happening to our planet?"

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IAS faculty member Jennifer Atkinson's course on eco-grief and climate anxiety was featured in a Washington Post story titled "How should we talk about what’s happening to our planet?" The article explores how language and emotion shape our response to the climate crisis, and how terminology has evolved from "global warming" to “climate change” to “climate emergency” and "extinction" over time.

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Jennifer Atkinson's "Eco-Grief and Climate Anxiety" seminar featured in Grist and McMenamin's Pub Night Talk

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IAS faculty member Jennifer Atkinson's seminar on Eco-Grief and Climate Anxiety was featured in a recent news story on Grist.org, an online magazine that has been publishing environmental news and commentary since 1999. The story, titled "The life-altering, world-ending topic they’re still not teaching you about in school," reported that a majority of K-12 and college level sciences classes in the U.S. still do not teach climate change material -- or even talk about it during class time -- despite the fact that 86% of teachers surveyed said ...

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IAS faculty members serve as research mentors for the Pacific Science Center's 2019 "Games for our Future"

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IAS faculty members Jennifer Atkinson, Mark Chen, and Jason Lambacher served as research mentors for the Pacific Science Center's 2019 "Games for our Future" event, a three-day game jam focused on the theme “Creating a Green Tomorrow.” The Game Jam brought game developers and researchers together to learn from each other and show the power of games to translate complex environmental research into a medium that's both fun and educational. The event was ...

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