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Climate Anxiety + Mental Health 101


Thursday, March 28, 2024
3:00 p.m.– 4:00 p.m. EDT


Online Training

To different degrees, every community is feeling and witnessing the negative impacts of climate change. Whether the chronic stress of living near a polluting facility, the acute stress and trauma of navigating adverse weather events or man-made disasters, or the secondary trauma of witnessing catastrophes through the media, everyone's mental health is negatively impacted by climate injustices. How do we talk about and give language to these experiences? What are the benefits if we do - or the costs if we don't - talk about mental health and climate change? In this session, the Midwest Building Decarbonization Coalition and special guest Bailey Fullwiler will explore these questions, starting with what we know about climate distress and psychology then sharing what actions and practices we can take to care for ourselves and our communities. 

Bailey Fullwiler (She/Her/Hers) is a Regional Organizer for The Climate Reality Project, supporting local petrochemical campaign work in her home state of Ohio. Bailey has a background in social work and supporting communities in the mental health impacts of climate injustice and environmental trauma. In her consulting, Bailey researches ecological grief and partners with environmental groups throughout the Midwest to tend to trauma and build resilience in the climate movement. Outside of her roles, Bailey is a trauma-informed yoga instructor who teaches with the nonprofit Queer Behavior and in local halfway houses. 

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