This week Sarah talked with Dr. Jennifer Atkinson, Senior Lecturer of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington-Bothell. Sarah met Dr. Atkinson when she gave a talk last December at UW on eco-grief and the climate generation, and Jennifer told Sarah about a class she was about to launch on environmental depression, which is why we wanted to talk with her for this podcast. The class was so radical, it was covered on the front page in The Seattle Times. Dr. Atkinson recently followed up on the experience in writing an editorial called “Addressing Climate Grief Makes You a Badass, Not a Snowflake,” about the experience and about the pushback she got from readers of the article, in High Country News. Both of the pieces will be linked below in the show notes, as is Dr. Atkinson’s book, Gardenland: Nature, Fantasy, and Everyday Practice.
Dr. Atkinson’s bio at UW-Bothell
High Country News op-ed by Dr. Atkinson
The Seattle Times cover story on Dr. Atkinson’s class
Dr. Atkinson’s book, Gardenland: Nature, Fantasy, and Everyday Practice.
Photo Source: The Seattle Times
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