Britt Wray: How climate change affects your mental health
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about climate change,
about the psychological impacts
weave into our books and documentaries,
fatalism or hopelessness.
by climate disaster,
identity and control.
is underway to moderate our climate chaos,
our actions and policies
of how our changing environments
social and spiritual well-being.
of climate scientists and activists
after extreme weather events
from northern communities
as they witness the ice,
responses to climate change,
and resignation, are growing.
and unconscious mental processes
of the problem for what they are,
our own psychological resilience,
to take on what we've created.
of the emotional hardships
in my generation are struggling to answer.
in the age of climate change?
where hurricanes, flooding, wildfires --
occurred within the last 22.
of the global population
only six years from now.
140 million climate refugees
Latin America and South Asia.
at over one billion.
war and political instability.
up to a million species to extinction,
even after the Paris Agreement.
workshops and interviews
having kids because of climate change
they're not going to have kids
of the ecological crisis
to address this existential threat.
faced their own apocalyptic dangers,
the very real threat to our survival now.
to adopt children.
to have more than one,
greenhouse gas emissions.
state of affairs
sacrifice their right to
that their lifestyle choices are to blame
shows that, on average,
in an industrialized nation
of carbon dioxide per year.
and this is just one --
can save almost one ton per year.
to their parents' carbon legacy
adds 9,441 to theirs.
with huge carbon footprints
about how many kids they have.
and one's feelings about the future
in all sorts of cultural norms,
education levels and more.
about kids in the climate crisis
to their survival to think about,
food on the table,
working three jobs,
or on the move in a migrant caravan.
is really great at intersectionality.
marginalized communities already face.
that a leading indicator
to hit home, psychologically,
in the rate of informed women
with climate-linked pre-traumatic stress?
shrinks for climate woes.
when some high schoolers
to university any longer,
a future for themselves.
in the climate crisis
of how hard-pressed people are feeling.
are screaming for change
how we contribute to this problem
that it messes with our minds.
to grief is activism.
the answer can be found in therapy.
you're on your deathbed,
the most in your life,
what you should do more of now,
become more punishing towards us.
about what is happening,
of climate change
technology and the politics and economy,
and ethics of equity and care,
emotionally avoidant person on the planet,
that's big enough to sweep this up under.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERBritt Wray - Science storyteller, author, broadcaster
Britt Wray's work is about life and what we make of it: past, present and future.
Why you should listen
Author of the book Rise of the Necrofauna, cohost of the BBC podcast Tomorrow's World and guest host on Canada's legendary national science TV show The Nature of Things, Britt Wray shows audiences what's happening at the forefront of science, technology, ethics and environment, probing how it affects us. The New Yorker named her first book Rise of the Necrofauna: The Science, Ethics, and Risks of De-Extinction one of the "books we loved" in 2017 and the Sunday Times called it a "must-read." By making science accessible and illuminating its possible consequences, Wray's writing, broadcasting and talks help us understand how the world is changing, creating a rich space for conversation about how each of us can respond to those changes.
Wray has been a summer host on CBC Radio 1's flagship science show Quirks and Quarks, and produced several radio documentaries for outlets such as BBC Radio 4, CBC IDEAS, WNYC's Studio 360 and Love and Radio. She created the interactive audio diary platform for frank speech about science called Aurator (aurator.org) which won the 2018 Society for the Social Studies of Science Award. Wray has a PhD in science communication with a focus on synthetic biology from the University of Copenhagen and holds a BSc (Hon) in biology from Queen's University and an interdisciplinary master's in art, media and design from OCAD University. She has also been a visiting scholar at the NYU Arthur L. Carter Institute for Journalism and was a 2019 TED Resident. Wray is currently writing a book about intimate dilemmas in the climate crisis.
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