Taking a Break from Saving the World: A Conservation Activist's Journey from Burnout to Balance

Category: Book
By (author): Legault, Stephen
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Environmentalists & Naturalists
  NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
  NATURE / Essays
  SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Ecology
Publisher: RMB | Rocky Mountain Books
Published: May 2020
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 7.00in x 4.50in x 1.00in
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Professional conservation and political activist Stephen Legault examines the consequences of overwork in the "save the world" movement.

A veteran of burnout himself, Legault looks at the culture of self-sacrifice that permeates the work done by volunteers and paid staff in the environmental conservation movement, and dissects how to manage our own time, energy, and commitment to our causes. Following a river-running metaphor, and proposing a variety of techniques to help with various states of anxiety resulting from burnout, including clarity of purpose, recognition of limits, fitness and diet, mediation and yoga, as well as organizational structural changes such as leave-of-absence policies, Legault encourages readers to find time to "eddy out"-to rest a moment in quieter waters and scout downriver-to ensure our lifetime of engagement is fulfilling, effective, and self-sustaining.

Just as with teachers, nurses, doctors, lawyers, paramedics, steelworkers, students, and airline pilots, burnout is a growing concern in many social-change circles. Taking a Break from Saving the World takes a look at the impacts of eco-anxiety, over-work, and the associated stress surrounding the present and future state of the environment and offers practical and insightful suggestions on how to deal with it.