Presentation Title

The Psychological Impacts of Teaching Climate Change to Undergraduate Students

Abstract

This research focuses on the mental health impacts of learning about climate change in a college environment. Specifically, this research asks if those impacts decrease, increase or stay the same as students gain a deeper understanding of climate issues. I have surveyed and interviewed Environmental Science and Environmental Studies majors at the University of Vermont (UVM) about their prevailing emotions surrounding climate change, how their environmental classes affect their emotions, and if they have coping strategies to navigate negative emotions.

Primary Faculty Mentor Name

Amy Seidl

Faculty/Staff Collaborators

Amy Seidl (Faculty Mentor)

Status

Undergraduate

Student College

College of Arts and Sciences

Program/Major

Environmental Studies

Primary Research Category

Social Sciences

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The Psychological Impacts of Teaching Climate Change to Undergraduate Students

This research focuses on the mental health impacts of learning about climate change in a college environment. Specifically, this research asks if those impacts decrease, increase or stay the same as students gain a deeper understanding of climate issues. I have surveyed and interviewed Environmental Science and Environmental Studies majors at the University of Vermont (UVM) about their prevailing emotions surrounding climate change, how their environmental classes affect their emotions, and if they have coping strategies to navigate negative emotions.