Climate change: from fatalism to optimism

There is a pervasive sense of insecurity about the future; you hear it everywhere.

We need to start fighting for optimism – which, finally, might be a fight we actually enjoy.

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It’s quite understandable to react to the news on climate change with despair if not anxiety:

The psychology of climate change

Eco-anxiety: between doom and denial

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It isn’t very helpful, though – and a recent piece form Zoe Williams suggests we need to be more optimistic, with the conclusion printed here:

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How consensus on climate change could go up in smoke

The urgency of the environmental cause is not just down to damage being caused, but the creeping fatalism that could overtake it, says ZOE WILLIAMS. More optimism is needed.

There is a pervasive sense of insecurity about the future; you hear it everywhere. You hear it from school kids and in business podcasts (that you accidentally listened to, while you were looking for some true crime). You hear it from local councils and radical protesters. None of it is crazy, or irrational. Apocalyptic scenarios could come to pass, and in places already have. But agreement is turning into acceptance, which is a mournful, arid territory. We need to start fighting for optimism – which, finally, might be a fight we actually enjoy.

How consensus on climate change could go up in smoke | theneweuropean.co.uk

   
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