Wednesday Mar 06, 2024

Climate Change Is Putting Us in a Funk

The environmental crisis has brought on anxiety, grief and a reluctance to have kids, says UW Bothell professor Jennifer Atkinson. 

It’s hard to miss the signs of climate change.   

The ocean’s heating, ice sheets are melting and – in places like Washington – wildfire seasons are getting longer.  

But climate change isn’t just impacting our landscape: It’s also affecting our mental health.  

In this episode of Crosscut Reports, host Maleeha Syed talks with Jennifer Atkinson, an associate teaching professor at the University of Washington Bothell, about the difficult emotions many of us experience with these changes – and what we can do to navigate them.  

To learn more about the impact that climate change is having on our mental health, check out this episode of Human Elements.  



Host/Producer: Maleeha Syed and Isaac Kaplan-Woolner

Reporter: Maleeha Syed

Story editor: Ryan Famuliner

Executive producer: Sarah Menzies


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