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Climate Anxiety and the Kid Question: Jade S. Sasser in-conversation with Linda

UCR Associate Professor Jade S. Sasser's newest book, Climate Anxiety and the Kid Question (out on April 9th), tackles issues of climate anxiety and how that has influenced millennials' decision not to have children. Who better to be in-conversation with than our very own Linda, whose adult children have decided not to have children in great part because of the climate crisis? Join Jade and Linda as they explore the implications of these decisions from both the academic and personal perspectives. 

UCR's Center for Ideas & Society is co-sponsoring this event alongside Cellar Door. Join us on Saturday, April 13th at 3:00 pm PST.

Eco-anxiety. Climate guilt. Pre-traumatic stress disorder. Solastalgia. The study of environmental emotions and related mental health impacts is a rapidly growing field, but most researchers overlook a closely related concern: reproductive anxiety. Climate Anxiety and the Kid Question is the first comprehensive study of how environmental emotions influence whether, when, and why people today decide to become parents—or not. Sasser argues that we can and should continue to create the families we desire, but that doing so equitably will require deep commitments to social, reproductive, and climate justice. Climate Anxiety and the Kid Question presents original research, drawing from in-depth interviews and national survey results that analyze the role of race in environmental emotions and the reproductive plans young people are making as a result. Sasser concludes that climate emotions and climate justice are inseparable, and that culturally appropriate mental and emotional health services are a necessary component to ensure climate justice for vulnerable communities.

About the author: Jade Sasser joined the UC Riverside Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies in 2014. Her research and teaching explore the relationships between large scale environmental problems—such as climate change-- and women’s bodies, health, and activism. Sasser’s award-winning 2018 book, On Infertile Ground: Population Control and Women’s Rights in the Era of Climate Change, analyzes the shifting role of environmentalists in shaping activism and international policy advocacy focused on population, reproductive rights, and reproductive justice. Sasser's work has been published in Geoforum, AntipodeThe Geographical Journal, Gender, Place, and Culture, and Écologie & Politique, as well as in reports for UN Women and CGIAR. Sasser’s broader interests include international development, reproductive politics, environmental and climate justice, global health, and intersectional feminism.

Preorder your copy of Climate Anxiety and the Kid Question below and join us on April 13th!


Event date: 
Saturday, April 13, 2024 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
473 E. Alessandro Blvd.
Suite B
Riverside, CA 92508
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ISBN: 9780520393820
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Published: University of California Press - April 9th, 2024