Climate Anxiety

Resources and events about climate anxiety for the PCC community

EcoSocial Justice Grant Climate Anxiety Project

Many of the events in this guide were made possible by a 2023 EcoSocial Justice grant, which is being coordinated by Roberta Richards and Taryn Oakley. Gratitude to the students and staff who coordinate the EcoSocial Justice Grant program

Feedback and questions about this guide can be directed to Roberta Richards,

Climate Anxiety

photo of mountainsClimate anxiety, sometimes called eco-anxiety or climate grief, refers to the feelings of sadness, loss, fear and hopelessness caused by climate disruption. Youth and young adults are often the ones experiencing climate anxiety most acutely.

The Oregon Health Authority conducted a study on the impact of climate change on youth mental health, and found results similar to those found in international studies. A summary of the experience of Oregon youth: 

  • They are experiencing feelings of hopelessness, despair, anxiety and frustration about climate change
  • They feel dismissed by adults and the older generation.
  • They feel angry that not enough is being done to protect their future
  • They understand climate change as closely linked with systemic racism and oppression. They believe both need to be addressed at the same time.                                             "Climate Change and Youth Mental Health," June 2022, p.5.

This guide includes resources for understanding and addressing climate anxiety, including programming and support available here at Portland Community College. See below recommended books, web resources and podcasts. Use the tabs on the left to find events and resources  for students and faculty/staff

Online resources

TED Talk, How to turn climate anxiety into action, with psychologist Renée Lertzman (14 minutes)

Web resources:

Highly recommended climate anxiety books!