12 May 2020

Good Grief Festival: Climate and extinction grief

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Concern about global environmental change has never been greater. People want to know about the current and predicted climate situation and its impact on humans and animals.

During this evening event, we’ll explore climate and extinction grief. Feelings such as grief, anger, guilt, anxiety and despair are appropriate and common reactions to the scientific facts, yet rarely discussed.

This event will provide key scientific information alongside meaningful ways of dealing with eco-anxiety and practical advice on how to deal with climate grief.

This event is in partnership with the University of Bristol and Wellcome Collection. Part of Bristol Good Grief Festival.


  • 6pm – 6.30pm: Arrival and opportunity to see specimens from the museum’s collections linked to species and climate loss.
  • 6.30pm – 7.15pm: Scientists from University of Bristol’s Cabot Institute for the Environment will outline the current situation and future predictions through short presentations. Followed by questions from the audience.
  • 7.15pm – 8pm: Climate Psychologist, Caroline Hickman will present a framework to understand climate grief and how to process the scientific information in a meaningful way.

Speakers and collaborators

  • Dr Caroline Hickman – a psychotherapist and lecturer in Bath who works with young people around climate grief.
  • Dr Jess Hope – human geographer
  • Dr Jo House, Research Lead, Global Environmental Change theme, Cabot Institute of the Environment.
  • Dr Dann Mitchell – effects of climate change on atmospheric circulation, extreme events, and impacts on human health.
  • Dr Ed Atkins – how environmental and energy policy must be equitable and inclusive.
  • Dr Jon Bridle – evolutionary biologist working on species extinction and climate change.