Wednesday, April 5
4 — 7:30 PM
Join us to start Whidbey Earth & Ocean Month with a bang! From 4-6:30 PM, explore table displays from local environmental groups and non-profits, volunteer opportunities, and activities. Pick up the calendar of events for the month and connect with others of every age, skill set, and background. At 5 PM, enjoy an artist talk and performance with Joan Green and Melissa Koch as part of the Rags, Rubbish & Refuse show. Then at 6:30, join us in the Front Room on the second floor of the Bayview Cash Store for a live talk with Dr. Jennifer Atkinson.
Climate Grief, Hope, and Action: Inner Strategies for our Age of Crisis
As the impacts of climate change worsen, our mental health has joined the ever-growing list of casualties. Across the world, an alarming number of people report anxiety and despair as extreme weather and biodiversity loss unfold around us. To successfully navigate the long emergency ahead, we will need to build inner resilience, not just seawalls and solar panels. This talk outlines some strategies for channeling anxiety and grief into meaningful action and change.
Dr. Jennifer Atkinson is an Associate Professor of environmental humanities at the University of Washington, Bothell. Her seminars on Eco-Grief & Climate Anxiety have been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, Seattle Times, NBC 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.