This event features Sarah Jaquette Ray, Chair and Professor of Environmental Studies, Humboldt State University, and Cara Buckley, a climate reporter for the New York Times who focuses on people working toward solutions and off-the-beaten-path tales about responses to the crisis.

Sarah Jaquette Ray will talk about "The chronic fear of environmental doom," as the American Psychological Association defines "eco-anxiety," rising across the world as communities increasingly experience the effects of climate change. From not caring enough about climate change, people now seem to care so much that their anxiety about it leaves them immobilized, apathetic, or worse, nihilistic. What is climate anxiety, who feels it, and how does it affect our ability to address climate change? What emotional skills are needed in this moment of climate crisis? Drawing on her recent book, A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet, Dr. Ray will explore these questions and more.

New York Times climate reporter Cara Buckley will discuss what she's learned from ecologists, activists, green energy workers and spiritual leaders about coping with eco- grief. How do we get our heads around the enormity of the climate crisis without becoming despondent or paralyzed? 

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  • Daria Young

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