BECC Webinar: The Climate Crisis and Gen Z Mental Health

April 25, 2023 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

What are the mental health impacts of the climate crisis on young adults worldwide? A new short documentary, Gen Z Mental Health: Climate Stories, captures the emotions of a generation that may be frightened, but is anything but hopeless. It tells stories of love, community connections, and healing.

Join us for a screening of this new 10-minute film and a discussion with the team behind it and an expert researching the mental health impacts of climate change.

Moderator: Beth Karlin, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, See Change Institute

Beth is an applied behavioral scientist with expertise in developing and evaluating behavioral interventions targeting energy use and sustainable behavior. She and her team are currently working on projects to train energy managers on behavior change, understand and influence adoption of smart home technology, and support community energy programs in California. Beth is also Past President of the APA’s Environmental Psychology Division and a member of the editorial board for Energy Efficiency Journal, the National Academies of Science Environmental Health Matters Initiative (EHMI) and the BECC organizing committee. She received her Ph.D. in Social Ecology with an emphasis in Design-Behavior Research from the University of California, Irvine. 


Sarah Newman, Executive Director, Climate Mental Health Network

Sarah is a leader and strategist with over 15 years of experience creating and implementing strategic campaigns using partnerships, storytelling, and media to advance social change. Sarah’s expertise spans community, political, film, tech, and faith-based campaigns. As a collaborative leader, she is highly skilled at building effective campaigns informed by research, data, and science to create initiatives, communications plans, content, and events that inspire and move stakeholders to protect the health of people and the planet. 

Tehya Jennett, Co-owner/Green Producer, Stranded Astronaut Productions

Tehya (she/they) is a youth climate activist and filmmaker with roots in the climate storytelling space. They run an artist collective and production house that specializes in social impact content. Jennett has worked as a Sustainability Coordinator on numerous film/TV productions, and produced the award winning cli-fi short, Stomach of the Earth (2020). Gen Z Mental Health: Climate Stories (2022) is their directorial debut focusing on the mental health impacts of the climate crisis. 

Dr. Larissa Dooley, Research Scientist, See Change Institute; Science Advisor, Climate Mental Health Network

Dr. Dooley is a research psychologist whose work focuses on the mental health impacts of climate change, particularly in youth, as well as strategies for building emotional resilience in the context of climate change. She was first author on the report Climate Change and Youth Mental Health, commissioned by Blue Shield of California. She has presented on this topic for diverse audiences including psychological associations, activist groups, and environmental educators, and her work has been used to lobby for legislation to better support the mental health of young people impacted by the climate crisis.  Dr. Dooley is the parent organizer of Future Fighters, a child-led environmental activism group founded by her elementary school-aged daughter.

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