How the Climate Crisis Affects Our Minds, Brains and Bodies | How To Academy


Mon, 8 April 2024

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm BST

How the Climate Crisis Affects Our Minds, Brains and Bodies

Dr Xand van Tulleken Meets Neuroscientist Clayton Aldern

Eco-anxiety is just the tip of the iceberg. Neuroscientist Clayton Aldern and Dr Xand van Tulleken explore the staggering effects of climate change on our brains and bodies.

It is now inarguable that climate change threatens the future of life on Earth. But in this livestream in-conversation event with Dr Xand van Tulleken, award-winning journalist and neuroscientist Clayton Page Aldern will show that the warming climate is not just affecting our planet – it is affecting our brains and bodies too.

Drawing on six years of ground-breaking research, Clayton will document a burgeoning public health crisis that has gone largely unreported. The rapidly changing environment is directly intervening in our brain health, behaviour, decision-making and cognition in real time, affecting everything from spikes in aggravated assault to lower levels of productivity and concentration, to the global dementia epidemic.

Clayton has travelled the world to meet the scientists and doctors unravelling the tangled connections between us and our environment, and now he joins us live to share the stories of those who are already feeling the shifts most keenly. It promises to be a revelatory account of how the climate crisis is changing our very humanity from the inside out.

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Clayton Page Aldern

Neuroscientist and Journalist

Clayton Page Aldern is a neuroscientist turned environmental journalist whose work has appeared in the Atlantic, the Guardian, the Economist and Grist, where he is a senior data reporter. A Rhodes Scholar, he holds a master’s in neuroscience and a master’s in public policy from the University of Oxford. He is also a research affiliate at the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology at the University of Washington.