Generation Dread is out today - tell me who you think could benefit from a deep dive read on eco-anxiety
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Friends, today is a big day in gen dread land because my book baby Generation Dread: Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Crisis was born just a few hours ago, after 4 years of labour no less! (Thinking, researching, field testing, writing, and editing a book sure takes a long time when done outside of other work). Thank you so much to those of you who have pre-ordered the book, I hugely appreciate it!
To celebrate pub day, I am doing a book giveaway here! Specifically, I am going to send a free copy of Generation Dread to three newsletter readers who respond to the prompt below in the most surprising or moving way. Who’s to judge what surprising or moving is? Good question. I’m going to field a vote on Twitter to at least try and make it a bit more democratic than what I can muster with my own biased thoughts.
So here goes:
Tell me about a person in your life who you think could benefit the most from a book about the rise of eco-anxiety and how we can responsibly and compassionately respond to it, both individually and collectively. Maybe they’re in some kind of soft denial about the climate crisis. Maybe they’re in such a spiral of doomsday thoughts that they believe action is futile. Maybe they’re losing motivation for their work because their place of employment is a massive polluter. Maybe they’re spit-fire angry about what they perceive to be apathy all around them. Maybe they need to know that they are not alone…
Whatever it is, tell me about this person (you don’t have to identify them personally) and why you want to use a book as a device for deeper conversation with them about the emotional aftershocks and psychological barriers that the climate and wider ecological crisis conjures.
You can comment below or respond to this email to get your submission for the giveaway in.
The winners will be gifted a free copy of Generation Dread. If you win, you may then choose to ask me to mail it to you directly, or mail it to the address of the person you described in your submission. If you choose for me to send it to the person who you think needs it most, you can suggest that I write a personal note along with the book to contextualize why they are receiving it with as little or as much information about this background book giveaway and the motive at play here, as you please. It can also just arrive mysteriously at their doorstep out of the blue. Up to you.
I look forward to reading your thoughts!!
Where to order the book
If you’d like to order a copy of Generation Dread now that it is immediately available in bookstores, as well as in e-book and audiobook formats, you can do so here.
If you’d like to read an excerpt, one appeared in Sunday’s Toronto Star, called The next global mental-health crisis is about climate change.
Might you be able to meet me on my book tour somewhere virtually or in person? Dates below! Interactive PDF of the image below (with registration links) available here:
Other climate emotions and action offerings from friends of Gen Dread
Meet a legend.
The revered Buddhist eco-activist and Earth Elder, Joanna Macy, is giving a rare public council on Zoom on May 10th. She is 93 years old and incredibly sharp! In the council, Joanna will hold space for our grief and care, rekindling our connection with the earth and with our calling to serve at this time. I'm writing to invite you to join this council (or to listen to the recording) and share the poster if you wish.
Register Here: bit.ly/climatewithjoanna
Let’s get together.
We all want to do more for the planet. New technology and new thinking is allowing us to have more of an impact. Join us virtually on May 12, 2022 at 12:00 PM PT for some fast paced presentations and discussions with climate leaders and tech innovators to learn about what actions you can take.
Topics and presenters include:
Thursday, May 12, 2022 12:00 PM New Opportunities for Climate Action
Gen Dread reader Eve Rydberg shares her short film Almond Joy, which she says is “an absurdist look at what happens when we try to comprehend the vastness of the climate crisis.”
The great climate psychology researcher and therapist duo Panu Pihkala and Thomas Doherty had me on the Climate Change and Happiness podcast for an intimate discussion. We explore what I’ve noticed about becoming a mother with significant eco-anxiety.
On that note, I am honoured by this profile in Macleans Magazine that very thoughtfully captured the complexities of my story and how I came into this work.
Vice News created a great podcast episode about climate anxiety by weaving the voices of two amazing women who’ve been featured on Gen Dread before together with mine. They are climate-aware psychotherapist and researcher Caroline Hickman and activist/researcher Jennifer Uchendu.
YaleE360 sharply honed in on the burden that the climate crisis puts on the mental health of Gen Z in this Q and A.
Lastly, I was happy to be in conversation with wonderful Gen Z activist Maya Penn and passionate Founder of One Green Thing Heather White at The Power of Service: Moving from Anxiety to Action for the Planet, hosted by Plastic Pollution Coalition.
That’s all for this edition