Climate sanity

“An impassioned generational perspective on how to stay sane amid climate disruption.”

Climate and environment-related fears and anxieties are on the rise everywhere. As with any type of stress, eco-anxiety can lead to lead to burnout, avoidance, or a disturbance of daily functioning. 
 
In Generation Dread, Britt Wray seamlessly merges scientific knowledge with emotional insight to show how these intense feelings are a healthy response to the troubled state of the world. 

BOOK LAUNCH: Generation Dread: Finding Purpose in an age of Climate Crisis

Now available in bookstores, audiobook and e-book… GoodWork.ca/BrittWray


On CBC Radio & Podcast — Thursday May 26

Britt Wray on Generation Dread — On CBC Ideas, Thursday, May 26, 2022
In a world of climate crisis and inaction, the kids are not alright. Neither are many adults, including those considering parenthood. Science writer and scholar Britt Wray was one of the latter when she made a 2018 IDEAS documentary on the topic. Now she is a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University, specializing in the mental health impacts of the ecological crisis. Her new book details her work and conversations, and synthesizes her insights. It shares productive ways to cope, think, and act while facing an anxious ecological present and uncertain future. At an event recorded at the Toronto Reference Library, Britt Wray talks to Nahlah Ayed about Generation Dread: Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Crisis. — CBC Ideas | Schedule (May) | Radio Schedule | Podcast 


“The antidote to anxiety is action”

Free webinar: reducing carbon emissions from city construction

Join Kelly Alvarez Doran, a professor at the University of Toronto under The Daniels School of Architecture, on January 10, 2022, between 6-9 pm to discuss reducing carbon emissions from contemporary construction.

The presentation will focus on Doran’s current research: methods to halve carbon emissions from city construction projects in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area. Already, Doran’s findings have been widely shared and have contributed to City of Toronto carbon studies.

The event is available for in-person and virtual attendance, with in-person registration required by January 4, 2022. The event will consist of a one-hour presentation by Doran (virtual and in-person), followed by refreshments and networking (in-person).

In-person attendance will be at Entuitive’s office in Toronto (200 University Avenue, 7th Floor).

Click here for more information and to register for the event!

Additional Resources

  • Learn more about carbon emissions from construction (also known as embodied carbon)
  • Learn more about urban sprawl and what causes it

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Virtual public lecture: improving access to drinking water

Dr. Amber Wutich, a professor at the University of Waterloo, is hosting an open lecture over Zoom on December 8, 2021, from 6-7:30 pm.

The lecture will focus on how social infrastructure can help to solve problems regarding a lack of access to drinking water, also known as water insecurity. Some topics to be covered include how various social infrastructure components such as cultural norms, informal economies, and social networks; can be used to ensure everyone has equitable access to water.

Click here to sign up for more information and to register for the event!

Additional Resources

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Open lecture on groundwater science—all welcome

The University of Waterloo is hosting their annual Farvolden Lecture Series over Zoom on November 18, 2021 from 2-4pm.

The lecture series, created in honour of Dr. Robert Farvolden, helps to facilitate communication among the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the groundwater community and hydrology program alumni.

This year, the University of Guelph’s Dr. Beth Parker, director of the Morwick G360 Groundwater Research Institute will be covering “Hydrogeologic Characterization of Bedrock Aquitards and Flow Systems.”

Other event highlights include a department update, a virtual draw, and a presentation on the Farvolden Scholarship.

Click here for more information and to register for the event!

Additional Resources

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Help the University of Guelph with tree planting day!

This coming Wednesday, September 29th, the University of Guelph is hosting an all-day tree planting event. The combined efforts of community members and the university’s staff and students will help make a greener campus by planting over 600 trees! And for all those that register, there will also be free snacks and drinks included.

The trees will be planted beside Lambton Hall across from Lang Way (see map below).

Register for your timeslot here!

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Climate Action Organizing

Canada Is [Still] On Fire — Mass Organizing Call

Climate scientists just declared a code red. But our politicians aren’t acting like it’s an emergency. Time to ramp up the pressure. 

Join us on Tuesday, August 17 at 3pm PT / 4pm MT / 5pm CT / 6pm ET / 7pm AT / 7:30pm NDT to learn about our bold, unapologetic plans to demand real action on the climate emergency.

Sign up – https://act.350.org/signup/still-on-fire

Extreme heat early this summer has sparked one of the worst wildfire seasons on record. We’ve seen smoke cover cities, flooding, droughts and just heard from the IPCC that this is a “code red” moment when it comes to tackling the climate emergency. And, this is all happening with the specter of an election on the horizon. That’s why we’ve got a plan to bring climate action to the forefront of the Canadian political landscape but we can’t do it without you.

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Work for Climate Action – Jobs, Internships, Volunteer, Action: GoodWork.ca/Climate

Get ready – registration opens THIS Friday Jan 10 for our 2020 Pollination Symposium, to be held Saturday March 14 in Guelph. With a highly relevant theme of #ClimateChange and #Pollinators, you won’t want to miss out. Visit pollinationguelph.ca for more information.

Eco-friendly Christmas

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This year, will your Christmas be eco-friendly? “Bake them a cake, write them a poem, give them a kiss, tell them a joke, but for god’s sake stop trashing the planet to tell someone you care. All it shows is that you don’t.” (George Monbiot) / Eco-friendly Christmas Gift Ideas

CLIMATE STRIKE

FRIDAYS FOR FUTURE

  • Every Friday: FridaysforFuture.ca
  • Next Global Strike:
    Friday November 29, 2019 
    FridaysforFuture.ca — “Millions of us will walk out of our workplaces and homes to join young climate strikers on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. Our house is on fire — let’s act like it. We demand climate justice for everyone.”

“People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!” — Greta Thunberg

Find a strike or start your own:


Climate basics: 350.org/science

Myths vs  facts: SkepticalScience.com

Climate action jobs, contracts, volunteering: GoodWork.ca/Climate

Climate Strike — Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph

School Strike for Climate Action, Friday March 15 in Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, across Canada & worldwide Fridaysforfuture.org (map) | cop24climatestrike.com (map) |

Get active, get involved! GoodWork.ca/fridays

#FridaysForFuture | #SchoolStrike4Climate | #ClimateStrike

Also, Friday May 3, 2019 — Canada-wide students strike