Center for Student Engagement & Leadership

Green Team: Virtual Events 


Virtual Triton Talk


Climate Grief and Eco-Anxiety:

Staying Engaged Without Getting Overwhelmed

 

The age of climate crisis is upon us, and grief and anxiety are on the rise. This talk explores the emotional burden of climate change, and why despair leaves so many people unable to respond to this growing threat. Dr. Atkinson will outline ways to avoid despair and anxiety so we can stay engaged in the fight for climate solutions.

Dr. Jennifer Atkinson is a Senior Lecturer in environmental humanities at the University of Washington, Bothell. Her seminar on "Climate Grief & Eco-Anxiety" was one of the first college courses of its kind in the U.S., and has been featured in The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, NBC News, The Seattle Times, Grist, and dozens of other outlets. She is also a host of the podcast "Facing It," which explores the emotional toll of ecological loss. Dr. Atkinson is also the author of Gardenland: Nature, Fantasy, and Everyday Practice, a book that explores how American gardens have promoted community, joyful labor, contact with nature, and more democratic cities. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago and has taught at the University of Washington for the past 11 years.

Recording Link


Virtual Field Trip


Explore the world

When: No date or Time (access it anytime)

Learn from the expert and explore the secret life of corals, the rainforest of Borneo, China’s Great Forests, Journey of Water at Colombia’s Paramo, Coastal Ecosystem at Peru, or Wild Biomes: America’s Rainforests and Deserts, etc. 

https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/who-we-are/how-we-work/youth-engagement/nature-lab/virtual-field-trips/


Nature's Witness - National Wildlife Federation Photography Exhibition

When: No date or Time (access it anytime)

Experience 50 images from around the world, each with a story to tell. Listen to what they have to say. Photographers not only highlight the beauty and wonder of nature but also present images that remind us all to protect and conserve the wildlife and habitats that help sustain life on Earth. They show us the magnificence of nature and how wildlife deserves—and desperately need—our help to survive. Join us, because of #WildlifeCantWait. 

https://www.nwf.org/virtualwildlifeexhibit 


Volunteer at Home


Impact of social distancing on bird activity

When: April 1-June 30

Researchers at the University of Washington Quantitative Ecology Lab are launching a community science program through eBird to monitor birds in urban and suburban neighborhoods across the Pacific Northwest while social distancing measures are in place: 

- Location: your own backyard or a walk-distance local green space without violating the shelter-in-place orders

- Protocol: Observe & Record all birds that could be seen or heard at a chosen location. Submit a checklist each stationary point count and include the phrase “social distancing survey” in the comment field.

- Study period: Start at April 1st to June 30th but volunteers could join anytime

- Goals: 1) to learn more about how birds are affected by human activity, and 2) to provide our community with an opportunity to engage with nature during increasingly uncertain 

To sign up, please fill out this form.

If you have any questions, please contact

Olivia Sanderfoot (Project Coordinator) by emailing oliviavs@uw.edu 


Other Resources

https://edcc.libguides.com/c.php?g=968349&p=6996917

seattleu.edu/cejs/events/earthmonth/earth-talks/

https://edcc.kanopy.com/