“An impassioned generational perspective on how to stay sane amid climate disruption.”
Climate and environment-related fears and anxieties are on the rise everywhere. As with any type of stress, eco-anxiety can lead to lead to burnout, avoidance, or a disturbance of daily functioning.
In Generation Dread, Britt Wray seamlessly merges scientific knowledge with emotional insight to show how these intense feelings are a healthy response to the troubled state of the world.
BOOK LAUNCH — Generation Dread:
Finding Purpose in an age of Climate Crisis
Now available in bookstores, audiobook and e-book… GoodWork.ca/BrittWray
On CBC Radio & Podcast — Thursday May 26
Britt Wray on Generation Dread — On CBC Ideas, Thursday, May 26, 2022
In a world of climate crisis and inaction, the kids are not alright. Neither are many adults, including those considering parenthood. Science writer and scholar Britt Wray was one of the latter when she made a 2018 IDEAS documentary on the topic. Now she is a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University, specializing in the mental health impacts of the ecological crisis. Her new book details her work and conversations, and synthesizes her insights. It shares productive ways to cope, think, and act while facing an anxious ecological present and uncertain future. At an event recorded at the Toronto Reference Library, Britt Wray talks to Nahlah Ayed about Generation Dread: Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Crisis. — CBC Ideas | Schedule (May) | Radio Schedule | Podcast
“The antidote to anxiety is action”
Canada Is [Still] On Fire — Mass Organizing Call
Climate scientists just declared a code red. But our politicians aren’t acting like it’s an emergency. Time to ramp up the pressure.
Join us on Tuesday, August 17 at 3pm PT / 4pm MT / 5pm CT / 6pm ET / 7pm AT / 7:30pm NDT to learn about our bold, unapologetic plans to demand real action on the climate emergency.
Sign up – https://act.350.org/signup/still-on-fire
Extreme heat early this summer has sparked one of the worst wildfire seasons on record. We’ve seen smoke cover cities, flooding, droughts and just heard from the IPCC that this is a “code red” moment when it comes to tackling the climate emergency. And, this is all happening with the specter of an election on the horizon. That’s why we’ve got a plan to bring climate action to the forefront of the Canadian political landscape but we can’t do it without you.
Work for Climate Action – Jobs, Internships, Volunteer, Action: GoodWork.ca/Climate
Think about it.
If I walk down the street naked, harming nobody, I’ll be arrested.
But if I drive a belching muscle car down the same street, or idle it for hours, I’ll be fine.
Nudity is a crime — but escalating the Climate Crisis and endangering millions of lives, is still considered a normal, acceptable thing to do.
At this moment, a friend is flying to BC — where Climate Fires of historic proportions have created so much smoke it’s dangerous to exercise. She’s going hiking.
Not to judge, but spot the irony here? Flying is the single worst thing you can do, to inflate the fires and drive us towards climate disaster.
Are we totally out of touch with reality?
In the age of climate breakdown, we still feel it’s “okay” to fly, to drive for fun, to use as much energy as you like.
It’s “okay”, it’s “normal”, “everybody else does it”.
We’re facing fires, floods, drought, famine — yet we’re more concerned with vacations, shiny cars, home renos. We save for retirement, while at the same time destroying our chances of having anything left to retire to.
Are our lives, our morals dangerously out of date?
Should recreational, gratuitous use of fossil fuels be shameful, the new nudity?
When will we take our feet off the gas?
What do you think? How does this make you feel?
(a) Not my fault / not my problem
(b) It’s overblown / “climate is always changing”
(c) We’re screwed, nothing you can do about it
(d) China’s fault / the US / rich people / anybody other than me
(e) I’m going to DO something, as long as I am able
- Climate Action: Work for Climate Action — jobs, volunteering, personal action
- Join, follow, support: Climate Action Groups & Organizations
It’s finally happening, the world is waking up to the climate crisis. Oil companies are in court for lying, the truth is coming out about climate breakdown, and millions are standing up for truth and action. All this is thanks to you — everyday people who care about our future — and are doing everything we can. It is only with our eyes wide open, that we have the opportunity to rebuild our world.
In the news:
- Were you lied to? Fooled? Angry? For decades, the oil and gas industry has “deliberately misled [the public] about climate change”: The Guardian | Los Angeles Times | EcoWatch | How the fossil fuel industry deliberately misled Americans about climate change
- A scary year for climate change — Scientific American
- Here’s what 2030 could look like if we win the war on climate change — World Economic Forum
- Climate news and updates: The Guardian | Grist.org | CBC | World Economic Forum | National Observer | NPR | EcoWatch | The Nation | Common Dreams | The Intercept | Climate Action Network Canada – Groups & Organizations
What you can do:
- Support groups and organizations working for climate action: Climate Action Network Canada | GoodWork. Join two or three that seem most important to you. Without you and me, they are nothing — our participation is crucial.
- Live as sustainably as you can. Reduce your consumption, fly less or not at all, switch to renewables. It might sound difficult, but it will lead to a happier, healthier life. Top Ten Things You Can Do About Climate Change
- Participate in nonviolent Climate Strikes. Strikes continue every Friday in thousands of locations worldwide. The next Global Strike is planned for Friday November 29. Join a strike or start your own: Fridaysforfuture.ca | FridaysforFuture.org | GoodWork.ca/Strike
Do meaningful work:
- Work for climate action: GoodWork.ca/Climate
- Work for a greener world: GoodWork.ca/Now
- Volunteer & board positions: GoodWork.ca/Volunteer
Because, without a stable climate and a healthy ecosystem, there is no economy, no future.