Jennifer Atkinson Publishes The Existential Toolkit for Climate Justice Educators

Jennifer Atkinson published The Existential Toolkit for Climate Justice Educators: How to Teach in a Burning World with University of California Press. Atkinson co-edited the book with Dr. Sarah Jaquette Ray. The book features contributions from 35 scholars, educators, activists, educational staff, artists, game designers and students who are integrating emotion into climate justice work. These tools are designed for use in any discipline and range from full teaching modules to short group activities, suggested readings/assignments, student testimonials, games, movement and arts-based activities, and other resources.

About the Book

As feelings of eco-grief and climate anxiety grow, educators are grappling with how to help students learn about the violent systems causing climate change while simultaneously navigating the emotions this knowledge elicits. This book provides resources for developing emotional and existential tenacity in college classrooms so that students can stay engaged. Featuring insights from scholars, educators, activists, artists, game designers, and others who are integrating emotional wisdom into climate justice education, this user-friendly guide offers a robust menu of interdisciplinary, plug-and-play teaching strategies, lesson plans, and activities to support student transformation and build resilience. The book also includes reflections from students who have taken classes that incorporate their emotions in the curricula. Galvanizing and practical, The Existential Toolkit for Climate Justice Educators will equip both educators and their students with tools for advancing climate justice.

The cover of the book "The Existential Toolkit for Climate Justice Educators" by Jennifer Atkinson. It is bright yellow with a large red question mark. At the bottom of the question mark, the circle is an earth symbol on fire.