Liz Bonnin uses therapy to combat stresses of climate change

Liz Bonnin uses therapy to combat stresses of climate change

August 18, 2022

Liz Bonnin reveals she needs THERAPY to cope with the stress of witnessing climate change and telling TV audiences ‘cold, hard truths’ about threats to the planet

  • Liz Bonnin, 45, has said ‘therapy is hugely important’ for dealing with stresses  
  • Irish-raised broadcaster is best known for hosting wildlife and science shows
  • Said she uses ‘meditation, exercise, therapy and good food’ to deal with stress 

Liz Bonnin has said ‘therapy is hugely important’ for battling the stresses of witnessing the results of climate change.

The Irish-raised broadcaster, 45, is best known for hosting wildlife and science programmes including How the Earth Works and Animals in Love.

She said she struggles with telling TV audiences ‘cold, hard truths’ about the serious threats to the planet without losing their attention due to the ‘discomfort’ of watching, reported the Independent.ie.

In a new podcast produced by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), Bonnin also revealed how she uses ‘meditation, exercise, therapy and good food and a nice glass of wine’ to deal with stress.

Liz Bonnin (pictured in 2011) has said ‘therapy is hugely important’ for battling the stresses of witnessing the results of climate change

The Irish-raised broadcaster (pictured in the programme Drowning in Plastic), 45, is best known for hosting wildlife and science programmes including How the Earth Works and Animals in Love

She said: ‘Therapy is hugely important. It’s something I now do as a matter of course, as part of my life, and now it seems so absurd that we don’t do this as a regular activity. It’s not easy. You have to get used to the discomfort.

‘Maybe I’m het up because I’ve just come back from Greenland and the place is a mess and the ice is gone,’ she explained, adding that her therapist helps to calm her.

She continued: ‘It has to be as important as exercising your muscles. You need to exercise your spirit and process your thoughts. It’s a really important part of life, especially now when things are difficult to face.

‘So, meditation, exercise, therapy and good food and a nice glass of wine. They’re my five go-tos. And friends and family. Connecting is hugely important.’

In a new podcast produced by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) , Bonnin (pictured) also revealed how she uses ‘meditation, exercise, therapy and good food and a nice glass of wine’ to deal with stress

Bonnin, who was the first guest in the new podcast series, admitted that it’s hard work to keep a TV audience interested when telling the ‘cold, hard truths’.

‘I will get people on social media telling me, “I just cannot watch another one of those Drowning in Plastics, or please don’t make another programme that talks about climate change,”’ she said.

‘I’m all for leaning into it. You have to lean into the discomfort. But if some people can’t at the moment, then how do we reach them? The challenge is making everybody wake up before it’s too late.’

Liz Bonnin and Ben Fogle on CountryWise. Bonnin holds a master’s degree in wild animal biology and conservation from the Zoological Society of London and the Royal Veterinary College

Liz was born in Paris to her Trinidadian mother Bonnie Murray, of Indian and Portuguese descent, and her French-Martiniquan father, who was a dentist.

Her family moved to Ireland when she was nine years old. The presenter has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Trinity College, Dublin.

She also holds a master’s degree in wild animal biology and conservation from the Zoological Society of London and the Royal Veterinary College. 

Since 2005, Liz has been involved in science broadcasting. She presented the show Gadgets, Gadgets, Gadgets in 2005 and co-presented the BBC science series Bang Goes the Theory on BBC One from 2009 until 2014. 

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