Shawna Weaver
Nov 10, 2020
Moving Through Climate Grief Toward Hope & Action
Shawna Weaver

While climate action has increased still little is understood about the emotional toll of climate change. Anxiety, depression, and burnout are common among environmental advocates but also among the general public, as climate change becomes more apparent and predictions become direr.

Shawna has been researching the process of grief, how it affects our work in sustainability, and how to move through grief toward effective action. Her upcoming book is a synthesis of case studies, interviews, and scientific data collected over the last ten years through her work in academia, counseling, and advocacy. This will be her first presentation about these findings and ideas.
Shawna attained her BA in Environmental Philosophy and World Religions from Gustavus Adolphus College; has two master's degrees in Psychology and Counseling from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; and a Ph.D. in Sustainability Education from Prescott College in Arizona. Her career in counseling, education, and nonprofit leadership has always encompassed intersectional justice and community building. 

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