Sarah Jaquette Ray

A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety

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A youth movement is reenergizing global environmental activism. The “climate generation”—late millennials and iGen, or Generation Z—is demanding that policy makers and government leaders take immediate action to address the dire outcomes predicted by climate science. Those inheriting our planet’s environmental problems expect to encounter challenges, but they may not have the skills to grapple with the feelings of powerlessness and despair that may arise when they confront this seemingly intractable situation.
Drawing on a decade of experience leading and teaching in college environmental studies programs, Sarah Jaquette Ray has created an “existential tool kit” for the climate generation. Combining insights from psychology, sociology, social movements, mindfulness, and the environmental humanities, Ray explains why and how we need to let go of eco-guilt, resist burnout, and cultivate resilience while advocating for climate justice. A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety is the essential guidebook for the climate generation—and perhaps the rest of us—as we confront the greatest environmental threat of our time.
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    Zeltzin Palacioshas quoted2 years ago
    As a poet of our time, Mary Oliver, asks, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” My hope for you is that this call to action gives you a sense of purpose, a reason to engage in the world, and an unwavering awareness of your power to build the world you deserve.
    Zeltzin Palacioshas quoted2 years ago
    What does resilient action look like? It could start with taking care of yourself so you can go on with your life. But ultimately it must become a mutually reinforcing dynamic between the personal and the collective, since part of our personal resilience results from the sense of community that comes from participating in civic life.
    Zeltzin Palacioshas quoted2 years ago
    As climate disruption exacerbates existing structural oppression, such as racism, sexism, and economic injustice, we need to combat these structures in our daily lives. Thus the resilience I’m advocating is in fact bound up with resistance.

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