Mar 08, 2020
A new book by Sarah Ray, professor of Environmental Studies, will be a handy resource for students, teachers, activists, and anyone contending with the emotional and social heaviness of the movement to save our planet.
Climate change fatalism is burning out Gen Z before some of them are even old enough to vote. Greta Thunberg just wants to “have a normal life,” and she’s proven herself more resilient than most.
A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety, by Sarah Ray, professor of Environmental Studies, will be a handy resource for students, teachers, activists, and anyone contending with the emotional and social heaviness of the movement to save our planet.
Based on Ray’s decade-plus of experience as a college educator and program leader, A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety is not just another self-help book: it draws on research in psychology, sociology, cultural studies, mindfulness insights, social justice movements, and the environmental humanities. The result is an accessible and relatable resource for anyone struggling with climate anxiety. Chapter themes include:
— How to identify the signs and symptoms of climate anxiety, and where they come from
— Finding your place in the climate movement
— Parsing journalism and sensational media representations of environmental crises
— Resisting the urge to argue and be “right”
— Allowing yourself to have fun and experience joy despite the state of things
Each chapter concludes with a bulleted list of key takeaways for easy re-reading or sharing on social media. A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety is the product of an educator’s deep empathy for her students’ experience of living in a climate-changed world. For the generation who will be most affected by climate change, this book provides an ‘existential toolkit’ for forging beyond the doom and gloom.