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Coming of age at the end of the world: an existential toolkit for the climate generation

Sarah Jaquette Ray has been leading undergraduate environmental studies programs since 2009. During this time, she has observed changes in how students feel about environmental problems, the relationship between those problems and social justice, and their own ability to tackle the problems we face. In her new book, A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet, Ray researches and guides students through strategies to cultivate personal and collective resilience, to engage for the long haul as social change leaders in this political and ecological moment. This talk will explore the unique challenges and strengths of the climate generation — the youth leading the charge in the movement for climate justice around the world — and offer strategies for existential survival. Sarah Jaquette Ray is program leader of the Environmental Studies BA major at Humboldt State. She is author of The Ecological Other: Environmental Exclusion in American Culture (Arizona, 2013), and co-editor of three volumes, most recently, Latinx Environmentalisms: Place, Justice, and the Decolonial (Temple, 2019). A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet was released this April on Earth Day. Lecture delivered via webinar on May 7, 2020. Part of the Sustainable futures speaker series sponsored by the Schatz Center, the Environment & Community graduate program, and the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences at Humboldt State.

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