Britt Wray

Britt Wray is a leading researcher at the forefront of climate change and mental health, as well as an author and broadcaster. Her latest book Generation Dread: Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Crisis, is an impassioned generational perspective on how to stay sane amid climate disruption and was named a finalist for the 2022 Governor General’s Award. 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. The first crucial step toward becoming an engaged steward of the planet is connecting with our climate emotions, seeing them as a sign of humanity, and learning how to live with them.

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Britt leads a Chair’s Special Initiative on Climate and Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Stanford University School of Medicine. She holds a PhD in science communication from the University of Copenhagen. On topics of climate and mental health, Britt has advised the Canadian Federal Ministers, the US State Department, and multiple Fortune 500 companies. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, New Yorker, Washington Post, Guardian and Globe and Mail, among other publications. She has hosted several podcasts, radio and TV programs with the BBC and CBC, is a TED speaker, and writes Gen Dread, a newsletter about staying sane in the climate crisis:

Latest Book: Generation Dread: Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Crisis

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Author Britt Wray