Our Second Fridays programming continued in February with Talking Climate: Grief. This event took place on February 12, 2021.
As we confront the compounding crises of the global pandemic, racial inequality, and climate, grief has become a shared condition. Further, the deferral and suppression of grief and other powerful, painful emotions have long contributed to the astounding gap between the percentage of US adults who are worried about the climate crisis—66% in December 2020—and who speak about it with any regularity—6%. This gap must be closed.
Expert panelists Shahzeen Attari, researcher at Indiana University’s O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Mary Annaïse Heglar, writer and co-creator and co-host of the Hot Take podcast and newsletter, and Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, Founder and CEO of Dayenu discussed the layered and collective burdens of loss and trauma in communities across the US, and the weight of their impacts on marginalized communities.