A Flood of Emotions: Climate Anxiety and Trauma in Australia

In the aftermath of devastating climate disasters like Australia’s recent east-coast floods, how do communities – those at the centre of the crisis and those on the periphery – support each other emotionally during times of climate distress?

In this online Sydney Environment Institute and Sydney Ideas event, hear from climate emotions experts and residents of Lismore as we grapple with the emotional impacts of climate change. While we’ve known about the mental health impacts of climate disasters for some time now, the loss and trauma that follows floods and bushfires is beginning to intersect with the anxiety of knowing the next disaster may not be so far away.


Maddy Braddon, Community organiser
Professor James Bennett-Levy, University of Sydney’s University Centre for Rural Health
Aidan Ricketts, Academic and Environmental Activist
Samuel Savage, Australian Red Cross
Jeanti St Clair, Southern Cross University, Lismore
Dr Blanche Verlie (Chair), Sydney Environment Institute

This event was held via Zoom on Thursday 21 April, 2022.

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