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Webinar: What is Eco-Anxiety and How can Teachers Support Their Students?

March 29, 2023 at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM


This upcoming webinar from Mochi 4 The Planet is designed for educators working at all levels of education, from early childhood to post-secondary.

Check out the following description from Mochi:

Who is this webinar for?

This webinar is designed for anyone interacting with young people in educational settings, as well as professionals concerned with curriculum development, learning, and education. This might include (but is not limited to) teachers, educators, school administrators, curriculum developers, educational policy makers of all levels of education (from early childhood to postsecondary).

Webinar Details:

In this interactive webinar educators Wieneke Maris and Edo Sutherland join climate change psychology expert and educator Dr. Stefania Maggi to discuss eco-anxiety, a psychological state that emerges in response to the existential threats posed by climate change. International research shows that approximately 75% of young people from different countries suffer from eco-anxiety, a mental state that, if experienced at high intensity, can interfere with day-to-day functioning, such as the ability to take care of oneself and others. Eco-anxiety can also become a barrier to classroom learning and optimal academic achievement.

Informed by the most up-to-date science on this subject, the webinar will enlighten participants on the complexities of eco-anxiety and other climate emotions, and how they may interfere with the ability of young people to stay focused and learn new academic content.

This webinar will discuss how teachers and educators can support students when learning about climate change in different disciplinary contexts. (e.g., sciences, social sciences, the arts, and humanities).

Participants will learn what eco-anxiety is, how to recognize it, how to address it in the classroom settings, and how to account for it in climate change educational practices across the curriculum. Acknowledging that educators are not typically trained, or expected to be mental health professionals, this webinar focuses on non-clinical approaches that can be safely implemented inside and outside of the classroom to safely address students’ eco-anxiety with compassion and empathy.

In the first part of the webinar, participants will learn about eco-anxiety, what it is, and how to recognize it within oneself and others. In the second part of the webinar, participants will have a chance to meet other participants and take part in small group practice sessions on evidence-informed strategies known to alleviate eco-anxiety in people of all ages.