eeINSPIRE Webinar: Climate Emotions in Education


eeINSPIRE Webinar: Climate Emotions in Education

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022, 3:00–4:00 PM ET - RECORDED

Education about climate change and environmental problems can elicit feelings of anxiety, grief, anger, and hopelessness in students. How do we educate students about pressing environmental problems—including intersections with social justice issues—in a way that avoids traumatizing students, and instead facilitates emotional resilience and empowers them to take action? 

This webinar provides:

  • A greater understanding of the importance of attending to emotions when teaching about climate change/environmental problems in educational settings
  • Insights, tools, and approaches for preventing traumatizing young people in the classroom and instead empowering them to act
  • An overview of existing resources/tools for supporting climate emotions in education
  • A better understanding of how to effectively support diverse groups, and  
  • How to teach about the intersection of climate change and social justice issues (climate justice)

All eeWEBINARS are live captioned.






Andra Yeghoian, Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Coordinator at San Mateo County Office of Education

Andra Yeghoian is a San Mateo School District administrator, who is helping implement a program for climate education with a strong emotional component in the San Mateo school district, K-12.



Larissa Dooley, Climate Mental Health Network Research Scientist Advisor

Larissa Dooley is a Research Scientist at See Change Institute with expertise in climate anxiety in youth and a Climate Mental Health Network Research Scientist Advisor.



Leslie Davenport, Climate Psychology Educator, Author, Consultant, and Climate Mental Health Network Advisor

Leslie Davenport is a psychotherapist and leading expert in eco-anxiety. Leslie has also consulted on various environmental education curricula to support emotions.



McKenna Dunbar, Founder and President of Ecological Justice Initiative, Community Engagement Coordinator at the Sierra Club

McKenna Dunbar represents the BIPOC Gen Z voice. McKenna is a University of Richmond student, Climate Mental Health Network Gen Z Advisor. They are also the Founder and President of Ecological Justice Initiative and the Community Engagement Coordinator at the Sierra Club.




Abhayjeet Singh Sachal, Founder of Break the Divide

This event will be moderated by Abhayjeet Singh Sachal. Abhay is a University of Toronto student, Climate Mental Health Network Gen Z Advisor, and founder of Break the Divide, an environmental organization focused on connecting youth.



eeINSPIRE: Sparking Innovation in Environmental Education

We are pleased to continue eeINSPIRE, NAAEE's webinar series presented in partnership with the US Forest Service. This series is designed to bring new ideas and thinking to USFS conservation educators, but is open to all who want to sign up! 


Upcoming eeINSPIRE Webinars

Future topics will include: increasing civic engagement through education and service-learning, becoming a natural and effective storyteller, citizen science in education, building a diverse and inclusive field, and more. 

We look forward to seeing you online, and stay tuned for updates on upcoming webinars in the series!