Hope Matters: Tackling Eco-Anxiety and Inspiring Climate Action

18mar4:00 pm5:30 pmHope Matters: Tackling Eco-Anxiety and Inspiring Climate Action4:00 pm - 5:30 pm OrganiserLondon Environmental NetworkEvent TypeWebinar & Talks

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Join this event to learn from author and speaker, Dr. Elin Kelsey, about the importance of solution-based climate activism.

About this Event

Whether you’re experiencing climate anxiety or want to feel inspired, you’re invited you to this workshop to learn about your role in creating a better future. In this event, you will be hearing from author and speaker Dr. Elin Kelsey (author of Hope Matters: Why Changing the Way We Think Is Critical to Solving the Environmental Crisis) as well as local youth councillor Rimsha Ashraf from Young London. This event will be opened by spoken word artist Sunday Ajak, with support from the London Arts Live program. Tune in at 11:45am to listen to Sunday’s performance!

We will be hosting all Green in the City sessions online via Zoom. These sessions aim to be informative and topical and will include opportunities to ask questions and share feedback. Please register for this session through Eventbrite to receive the Zoom link. This event will be recorded and available for public viewing afterward.


About Dr. Elin Kelsey

Dr. Elin Kelsey is a leader of hopeful, solutions-focused environmental movements designed to tackle eco-anxiety and climate doomism. Elin Kelsey, PhD is an award-winning author and thought-leader for evidence-based hope and environmental solutions. Kelsey’s work focuses on the study of the reciprocal relationship between humans and the rest of nature. Her newest book for adults, Hope Matters: Why Changing the Way We Think Is Critical For Solving The Environmental Crisis was published by Greystone Books in October 2020. Her influence can be seen in the hopeful, solutions-focus of her clients, including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and other powerful institutions where she has served as a visiting fellow including the Rachel Carson Center for the Environment and Society, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Stanford University in the Graduate School of Education. In Spring 2022 she will serve as a Kone Foundation fellow in Helsinki, Finland. She co-created #OceanOptimism, a twitter campaign to crowd-source marine conservation solutions which has reached more than 100 million shares since it launched in 2014. As an Adjunct Faculty member of the University of Victoria School of Environmental Studies, and, Western Washington University’s partnership in the Redfish School of Change, she is helping to forward a solutions-oriented paradigm for educating environmental scientists and social scientists. Passionate about bringing science-based stories of hope and multi-species resilience to the public, Kelsey is a popular keynote speaker and media commentator. She regularly serves as an author/artist in residence, leading hopeful environmental workshops with kindergarten to university students across North America and around the world. She is a feature writer and podcast host for Hakai Magazine and a best-selling children’s book author. Her newest book for children, A Last Goodbye was published in April 2020. For more about Elin and her work please visit www.elinkelsey.org

About Rimsha Ashraf, Youth Councillor at Young London

Young London is a local organization that aims to promote equity in community spaces by facilitating opportunities for young people to co-create solutions and bring perspectives for meaningful impact in London and region. One of their core programs is the London Youth Advisory Council, made up of fifteen youth councillors and supported by a team of staff and volunteers. Learn more at younglondon.ca

Rimsha is a Grade 12 student at London Central S.S. Through the London Youth Advisory Council (LYAC), she hopes to learn and take away a lot of important lessons. The LYAC focuses on community issues that matter to the young people in the city and works on eliminating these issues. Some of the issues that Rimsha is passionate about are anti-racism, mental health, climate change and environmental issues. In her free time, she enjoys reading and writing and playing volleyball. Rimsha plans to pursue either business or law at either Western or the University of Toronto starting next year.

Sunday Ajak’s Bio

I am Sunday Ajak. A 22-year-old motivational speaker, activist, and student at Western University; studying Social Justice. At my core, I am a merely a writer who loves to bring my thoughts into reality. Everything I have ever written, I have experienced, or have been thoughts that manifested through the amazing people in my life.

I have a dream that one day my speeches will change the world, and I live in each moment trying to make that a reality. Regardless, if I can use my passion for speaking to positively impact at least one person, then I am living a happy life. I don’t wish to be famous or be wealthy, I only seek to help those who may need it because in the end; I do to.

Find Sunday on YouTubeFacebookInstagram, and TikTok.


Green in the City is a seminar series that explores local issues through a sustainability lens. Learn about lifestyle and behavioural changes that support the planet, London’s communities, and you! See all past and upcoming events from the Green in the City series here.



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