About Sarah

Dr. Sarah Jaquette Ray works at the intersection of social justice and climate emotions. An environmental humanist with a BA in Religious Studies from Swarthmore College, an MA in American Studies from UT-Austin, and a PhD in Environmental Sciences, Studies and Policy from the University of Oregon, Dr. Ray draws on an eclectic range of disciplines and epistemologies in service of climate justice. She is the author of two books, The Ecological Other: Environmental Exclusion in American Culture (Arizona, 2013), on the logic and affects of social control in environmental thought, and A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet (California, 2020), an existential toolkit for the climate generation. Ray is interviewed and published widely on emotions and climate justice in the LA Times, Scientific American, The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Edge Effects, KCET, and Zocalo Public Square. Ray is also a certified mindfulness teacher through the UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center. 

“It would be foolish not to freak out over climate change. But it would be sad if that despair kept you from working hard on this crisis, not to mention enjoying life on what is still a beautiful planet. This book has some wise strategies for finding a useful balance.”

– Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org

Cultivating the Climate Mind

This important five-week series (starting May 2) weaves together the most current research on mindfulness and climate change, social justice principles of collective resilience, and guided meditation to explore the role of equanimity, attention, compassion, joy, and purpose in the polycrisis. In each session, we will balance learning, listening, and practice as we find ballast together.

Climate, Justice, and the Politics of Emotion Symposium at the University of California, Riverside, April 27-28, 2023. Organized by Dr. Jade Sasser, Dr. Blanche Verlie, & Dr. Sarah Jaquette Ray.

This symposium seeks to bring these conversations out of the domain of the personal and private, as they both reflect and shape the very public and political arenas of climate change and social justice. We are also interested in engaging the very real, intersectionally-differentiated, mental health effects of climate impacts and ecological destruction at local, national, and global scales.

You can register to attend here