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Britt Wray

What are the psychological impacts of living in a warming world?

Science Writer and Broadcaster | TED Speaker

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Britt Wray | Science Writer and Broadcaster | TED Speaker
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How does climate change affect our mental health? Millions around the world are suffering from anxiety and grief directly related to environmental challenges. Expanding on her hit TED Talk with almost 2 million views, BRITT WRAY covers everything from the post traumatic stress that comes with the rise of extreme weather events, to the 12 strategies for coping with pandemics and anxiety—giving you the tools and strategies we all need to face the world’s biggest challenges.

As a science storyteller, broadcaster, and author, Wray’s work is at the forefront of science, technology, and ethics surrounding environmentalism. Pandemics and biodiversity collapse are not the stuff of science fiction anymore. Wray’s groundbreaking and accessible work brings the psychological impacts of the Coronavirus and climate crisis to the forefront—helping us understand how the world is changing and what that means for us mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

 

Currently a host on CBC Radio 1’s flagship science show Quirks and Quarks, Wray is also developing a documentary with CBC’s legendary science program The Nature of Things. The New Yorker named her first book Rise of the Necrofauna: The Science, Ethics, and Risks of De-Extinction a “book we loved” and The Sunday Times called it a “must-read.” By making science accessible and illuminating its possible consequences, Wray’s writing, broadcasting, and talks help us understand how the world is changing, creating a rich space for conversation about how each of us can respond to those changes. 

 

As co-host of the BBC podcast Tomorrow’s World, Wray answers big questions about the future on a biweekly basis, discussing new technoogical developments and trends. She is also directing a documentary series with the National Film Board of Canada about personal genomics. A 2019 TED Resident, Wray has a PhD in Science Communication and Synthetic Biology from the University of Copenhagen in the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, and also holds a BSc (Hon) in Biology from Queen’s University and an Interdisciplinary MA from OCAD University. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the NYU Arthur L. Carter Institute for Journalism.


 

Speech Topics

Psychology
Coping with Coronavirus Anxiety
The Coronavirus has emerged as a major global threat to our health and wellbeing. A crisis of this proportion can trigger intense emotions like anxiety, panic, and fear as we move from living mode to survival mode. Like other global crises, we cannot get through it with bandaid solutions, we need to think about whole systems, thus providing opportunities for building more sustainable ways of living. In this time of unpredictability, it is important that we show our generosity and curiosity about how to be of use and gain skills, rather than further disconnect from each other. In this urgent yet hope-filled talk, Wray gives you the tools you need to cope with the anxiety surrounding pandemics and highlights relevant strategies to living better through uncertainty, develop helpful and healthy daily practices, and emotionally regulate everyday life as we transition to a world with the Coronavirus.
Climate Crisis
Weathering Climate Change Saving the Earth and Saving Ourselves
Biotechnology expert Britt Wray’s fascinating new talk considers the psychological ramifications of living in a warming world—and the crazy-making knowledge that we, as a society, are part of the problem. The emotional and existential effects of the climate crisis (dubbed “pre-traumatic stress”) are becoming so severe, they’re causing people to question deeply personal decisions, like whether or not to have children. Wray contends it is not enough to wrestle with the political or technological issues alone. The climate emergency is already having devastating psychological consequences: multiplying the stresses felt by marginalized communities; altering the way individuals make life-changing decisions, such as family planning; and a troubling rise in drug abuse, PTSD, and a loss of identity reported by people personally affected by climate events. In this talk, Wray makes a compelling argument for making mental health an integral aspect of climate change survival strategy moving forward—and what practical steps we can take to achieve this.