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Generation Dread by Britt Wray 

A book about climate change anxiety and dread, and what we can do about it.

A book about climate change anxiety and dread, and what we can do about it

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. The first crucial step toward becoming an engaged steward of the planet is connecting with our climate emotions, seeing them as a sign of humanity, and learning how to live with them. We have to face and value eco-anxiety, Wray argues, before we can conquer the deeply ingrained, widespread reactions of denial and disavowal that have led humanity to this alarming period of ecological decline.

It's not a level playing field when it comes to our vulnerability to the climate crisis, she notes, but as the situation worsens, we are all on the field—and unlocking deep stores of compassion and care is more important than ever. Weaving in insights from climate-aware therapists, critical perspectives on race and privilege in this crisis, ideas about the future of mental health innovation, and creative coping strategies, Generation Dread brilliantly illuminates how we can learn from the past, from our own emotions, and from each other to survive—and even thrive—in a changing world. (From Knopf Canada)

Generation Dread is a finalist for the 2022 Governor General's Literary Award for nonfiction. The winner will be announced on Nov. 16, 2022.

Britt Wray is a science writer who focuses on the intersection of mental health and climate change. She is also the author of Rise of the Necrofauna. She is currently a fellow at Stanford University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has hosted and produced programs for CBC Radio and the BBC.

Interviews with Britt Wray

There are many ways we can be affected psychologically by our changing world and current climate disruption. A new book, titled Generation Dread: Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Crisis, aims to share tools to stay sane. We're joined by author Britt Wray.
Britt Wray is a Toronto author and academic. She just published her new book "Generation Dread: Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Crisis." Britt Wray joined Gill Deacon for Here and Now’s Tuesday afternoon book club.
Science writer and scholar Britt Wray specializes in the mental health impacts of the ecological crisis. Her new book, Generation Dread: Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Crisis, shares productive ways to cope, think, and act while facing an anxious ecological present and uncertain future.
Many people are feeling the effects of climate change on their wellbeing. We talk about the tools to cope with guests Britt Wray, author of Generation Dread: Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Crisis, and Maria Vamvalis, a Ph.D. candidate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

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