What's climate grief...and do you have it? Find out at VGN's Climate Summit.

Activists and scientists are at times having to face unmanageable feelings of despair, anger and trauma as climate grief, or climate anxiety, begins to permeate therapists’ consulting rooms.

Three of the UK's finest experts—Polly Teale, Emma Lawrance, and Robert Tollemache— will look at the symptoms of climate grief, the science behind it, and climate denial on a panel during VGN's Climate Summit at VegFestUK this weekend.

The three panelists will share some insight into how to manage these sometimes overwhelming emotions about our planet's future.

Polly Teale has an MA in Arts Psychotherapy from the Institute for the Arts in Therapy and Education (Distinction).

She runs workshops in drama schools (Guildhall, Central, East 15, Drama Centre, RADA, BRIT) that deepen self awareness and support compassionate understanding of self and other, while asking how we want to create change in the world. She recently created a performance with Guildhall students in London for the climate strike on September 20th. She is a member of Extinction Rebellion and the mother of a passionate activist. 

Emma Lawrance is a Mental Health Innovations Fellow at Imperial College London's Institute of Global Health Innovation. In this role she works closely with digital mental health charities to better understand mental health needs and to improve services available.

She has a keen interest in understanding our response to the climate crisis, and is collaborating with the Grantham Institute to raise awareness of the implications of climate change on mental health, and the interaction with taking action.

82-year-old Robert Tollemache has recently retired from a career as a psychotherapist in private practice. He conducted qualitative psycho-social research into people’s attitudes towards climate change as the basis of a PhD which he completed in 2017 after eight years.

The main focus of his research was the many and various ways that we all find to deny both climate change and the urgent need to act in order to limit its progression.

The panel will be held at the Olympia Exhibition Centre on Sunday 27th October.

Tickets are available: https://london.vegfest.co.uk/tickets/

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