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New LUCSUS research project aims to address climate anxiety in youth and enhance skills of educators and learners

Children on a green field. Photo: Unsplash.
The project aims to address climate anxiety in children and youth, increase resilience and enhance educators’ skills. Photo: Unsplash.

A new research project aims to enhance educators' skills for nurturing inner resilience and reducing climate anxiety of learners through trauma-informed and creative approaches that link inner and outer dimensions of transformation. It is led by Lund University in collaboration with many partners.

Letters spelling out the word Clarity. Illustration.

The motivation for the project is based on the fact that much sustainability and climate education tend to focus on environmental facts, whilst little room is given to inner dimensions of sustainability and climate change. In addition, human inner development and potential that are needed for addressing societal challenges are hardly considered. Consequently, children and youth increasingly experience climate anxiety, associated overwhelm and denial.

The project, Transformative climate resilience education for children and youth: From Climate-Anxiety to Resilience, creativity, connection, and regeneration, aims to adress these challenges by (1) enhancing educators' skills for dealing with climate anxiety and nurturing inner resilience of learners, and (2) supporting more integrative  approaches that link inner and outer dimensions of transformation. 

From LUCSUS, the project is led by Professor Christine Wamsler. 

Based on the GreenComp Framework for children and youth education and an inter- and transdisciplinary co-creation process, the project will develop an innovative educators toolbox (that links psychological, creative and ecological approaches) and train educators in implementation. Through online hubs, the project will support related knowledge exchange and shifts in underlying paradigms and approaches. 

As a result of the project, children/youth educators will be better trained to provide social, emotional, ethical and trauma-informed education that supports climate resilience across individual, collective, and system levels. This does not only involve enhancing mental wellbeing of children and youth and building their capacities as transformative change-agents. It also involves creating a field of change through more regenerative cultures and communities of practice needed to address climate change and other societal crises. 

Collaborative partners

  • Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies
  • The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics, IIIEE
  • One Resilient Earth 
  • Legacy17 
  • the vision works 
  • Climate Creativity
  • REAL School Budapest

Read more about the project in the Lund University Research Portal

Christine Wamsler

Christine Wamsler is Professor of Sustainability Science at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), Founder of the Contemplative Sustainable Futures Program, a Mind & Life Fellow, an Honorary Fellow of the Global Urbanism Research Group at the Global Development Institute (GDI) and former Co-Director of the Societal Resilience Centre. She is an internationally-renowned expert in sustainable development, climate change action, risk reduction and associated (material and cognitive) transformation processes, with 25 years of experience, both in theory and practice.

Read more about Christine Wamsler

Information about Christine Wamsler in Swedish.