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Hope, agency, and the future – inner transitions and tools for continued hope

Two persons on stage

In mid-November, the annual national conference for student chaplains were held in Lund. The doctoral students of IIIEE, Frans Libertson and Gustav Osberg, were invited to talk about the opinion piece that they authored for Sydsvenskan earlier this year.

The student chaplains have recently experienced an increase in the amount of students that seek help for climate anxiety and existential reflections. During the seminar, Frans and Gustav presented the Inner Development Goals and how working with them may alleviate climate anxiety and foster more sustainable behaviors, while also create a sense of meaning. Frans and Gustav also presented coping strategies for dealing specifically with climate anxiety and how these may be used both in the conversations with the students and by the student chaplains themselves.

Moving forward, IIIEE will continue to explore in what ways inner sustainability can be included in its research and education.

Make sure to also check out these IIIEE Podcast episodes on climate anxiety:

Further readings by Frans Libertson and Gustav Osberg on the topic: