Teaching Climate Change at the Community College
PCC instructors and counselors report that many of our students experience what is often called climate grief. Psychologists have identified climate grief, also known as ecological grief or eco-anxiety, as the experience of anxiety, hopelessness or despair in the face of current and anticipated harms to species and natural ecosystems.
The PCC instructors interviewed as part of this project all indicated that students are feeling the emotional toll of the climate crisis, although this takes different forms. Some students clearly would prefer not to discuss distressing topics, while others want to learn everything they can so they can be effective advocates. Most instructors reported that students want and need to process their emotions as part of the class.
Understanding climate grief
Resources and support for addressing climate grief
- Last Updated: Jan 12, 2022 1:24 PM
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