Informal Seminar – Anxiety at Home: Exploring family experiences of eco-anxiety in Britain

Helen WalkerNews

Thursday 10 June 2021, 1pm to 2pm

Dr Bridget Bradley
Social Anthropology, School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies
University of St Andrews

In this seminar, Dr Bridget Bradley shares early findings from her ongoing project ‘Eco Worrier, Eco Warrior, which is funded by the Scottish Funding Council, and supported by her research team (Dr Rika Hirose, Dr Hannah Fitchett and Eleonora Ranuzzi).
This paper describes the recent findings from virtual interviews and focus groups among climate activists in the UK on topics of ecological anxiety, fear and grief. We explore the ways that people at different life stages navigate their climate concerns and involvement in activism within their kinship networks. We demonstrate how conversations within families about the climate crisis remain a challenge for people of all ages despite increased public discourse on the topic. In this paper we argue that family issues are central to experiences of environmental action and related anxiety, as domestic relationships and circumstances shape peoples’ abilities to engage in certain actions, but also directly influence their hopes and fears for the future.
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