Climate anxiety is a valid, natural response to a changing, warming world. In 2020, more than half of Americans reported feeling anxious about climate change’s impact on their mental health, and most of us (67%) are anxious about its impact on the planet.
So what do you do when it’s your job to witness and document climate change?
In the multimedia series, “Confronting Climate Anxiety,” a UC Davis writer and videographer talk with eight scientists spanning several generations and perspectives whose work is deeply, tangibly connected to the Earth and its ecosystems. The featured scientists are tracking changes across the planet in search of solutions, working through anxiety with action — and sometimes even a little joy.
The series, organized by ecosystem, features Q&A profiles with the following UC Davis scientists:
- The Poles — Eric Post: Arctic Awe and Anxiety and Amanda Frazier: Holding Kindness
- Forests — Keith Bein: Chasing Wildfire and Melinda Adams: Flame Keeper
- Rivers — Peter Moyle: Fish by Fish, Bird By Bird and Levi Lewis: The Value of ‘And’
- Oceans — Tessa Hill: Telling the Ocean’s Secrets and Alyssa Griffin: The Capacity to Care