Friday 2 October


Eco Anxiety and Grief

As we face the enormity of the impact of climate change on health and our future, and as we are impacted by the changing landscapes of our homes, we see an increasing threats to our individual and collective mental health. Courtney helps us understand, normalise and carry the tools to have hard conversations, lean into urgency and take care of the distress that this may pose. As Courtney says ‘action feels better than anxiety’.

Courtney Howard

Courtney Howard is an Emergency Physician in Canada’s subarctic, President of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, Chair of the advocacy subcommittee of the WHO-Civil Society Working Group on Climate Change and Health, is on the Steering Committee for the Planetary Health Alliance and is Policy Coordinator for ClimateCODA. She has led research on menstrual cups and wildfires, was the 2018 International Policy Coordinator for the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change, and has participated in advocacy around divestment, carbon pricing, active transport, plant-rich diets, coal phase-out, hydraulic fracturing, wildfires, and the mental health impacts of climate change. Her mentors in mischievous change-making are her two hilarious daughters, with whom she can frequently be found dancing to indefensible pop music.