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Dr. Paige Spencer to Host Eco-Anxiety Talk

Dr. Paige Spencer, a doctor of psychology, will host “Climate Change and Mental Health: Strategies for Personal Wellbeing,” a presentation on eco-anxiety at the Pensacola Public Library, on July 12, from 12 to 5:30 p.m.


According to the American Psychological Association, eco-anxiety, or climate-anxiety, is defined as a “chronic fear of environmental doom.” In a recent study published by Nature Magazine, of 10,000 people aged 16 to 25, nearly 60 percent are “very worried,” or “extremely worried,” about climate change. 


The event is part of a regular discussion series sponsored by 350 Pensacola, the only climate-focused organization in northwest Florida, who has supported climate education along the Gulf since 2010. Spencer, a licensed clinical psychologist for eight years, will cover a variety of techniques for treating those who are anxious about environmental issues. 


After graduating from FSU with a BA of  Science in Psychology, Spencer went on to earn a Masters in Psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology. She currently serves as a psychological consultant for the Escambia County Medical Society. 


Spencer’s approach to healing the impacts of eco-anxiety is founded on the belief that all beings are interconnected on this Earth, and that the care of our local community, and planet, are an integral part of our personal journey toward well-being. 


This event is not sponsored or endorsed by the West Florida Public Libraries, or Escambia County. Location: Pensacola Public Library, 239 N. Spring St., Pensacola, FL. For more information, email [email protected]

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