Panel Discussion: Through eco-anxiety to agency (from grief to gumption)

Thursday 7th & Friday 8th May at 5.00pm

An on stage conversation with psychotherapist Caroline Hickman, activist Clover Hogan and filmmaker Matt Golding discussing feelings of eco-anxiety and grief about the climate and bio-diversity crisis; exploring how to turn anxiety into agency.

Caroline Hickman (Panelist) teaches at the University of Bath & is a member of the Climate Psychology Alliance (CPA) Executive Committee; academic & psychotherapist. Currently conducting research with children & young people in the UK, Maldives and other countries immediately vulnerable to the climate crisis such as Bangladesh and Vanuatu. Exploring their feelings about the climate and biodiversity crisis and messages for adults through exploring different stories, narratives and images around our defences against the ‘difficult truth’ of the climate and bio-diversity crisis and hidden and ‘less conscious’ feelings about climate anxiety. She is passionate about getting ‘under the surface’ metaphorically and literally.

Clover Hogan (Panelist) is a 20-year-old climate activist, researcher on eco-anxiety, and the founder of Force of Nature. After graduating from the Green School in Indonesia, Clover worked with Impossible Foods founder Pat O’Brown to develop national youth strategy, led marketing campaigns for Leaders’ Quest in London, and consulted companies at Volans alongside John Elkington, global authority on business as a force for good. In 2019, she launched Force of Nature to mobilise the emerging generation of leaders. Through thought leadership, consultancy, and targeted campaigns, they’re helping young people step up, rather than shut down, in the face of the climate crisis. 

Matt Golding (Panelist) is a filmmaker specialising in shareable video that reaches millions of people to create deep engagement and inspire action. Having worked with major charities such as Cancer Research UK and major brands such as eBay, Disney and Yorkshire Tea, winning a string of international awards along the way, his company Rubber Republic became a B-Corp 2 years ago, and recently rebooted and restructured to use their skills to help address the Climate & Ecological Emergency.

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