The Climate Emergency and Mental Wellness

  • Webinars
August 8th, 2021
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I'm excited to present this webinar on Friday in partnership with BCLA, BC Public Library InterLINK and the BC Libraries Cooperative. I'll be sharing about eco-anxiety and the storytelling framework we use here at Eco-Anxious Stories to make sense of our feelings.

It's a heavy week in the climate world, and whether you're new to the feeling of eco-anxiety or a long-time activist,we can all use support aligning head, heart, hands and feet. Join us!

Friday, August 13th from Noon – 1:00 pm

Registration link:

(Free and all are welcome)

From the British Columbia LIbrary Association:

The connection between climate change and mental wellness is well documented. The climate crisis threatens much of what we rely on to be healthy – through extreme weather events, erosion of ecosystems and environments, and through social and political unrest. This is already having a profound impact on our mental well-being, and the mental well-being of our families and our co-workers. These impacts may be felt directly (our physical health and daily experiences) or indirectly (our overall sense of community wellbeing).

As the climate crisis increasingly comes to our doorstep, as demonstrated by the tragedies related to the recent heat wave, it is incumbent on libraries and their staffs to be aware of these impacts, not only on the organization, but on the communities they serve.

Join us on Friday, August 13th from Noon – 1:00 pm for the next “Libraries in the Global Arena: Responding to the Climate Crisis” session as Rachel Malena-Chan presents about the concept of eco-anxiety and a framework for channeling uncomfortable climate emotions into meaningful action.

Rachel is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Eco-Anxious Stories, a project devoted to sharing creative expressions of eco-anxiety in order to make people feel less alone in their concerns about the climate crisis. Her research on climate engagementfocuses on narrative theory as a bridge between what matters, what’s at stake, what we want, and what it will take. Come learn about how climate storytelling can connect us to the courage and compassion to cope with eco-anxiety in an active, collective way.

To register please visit:

We look forward to seeing you at this session!

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Hope to see you there! We'll update this post when the video is posted.

In the meantime, take care of yourselves and each other.