Hope is the best weapon against climate change. Why? Doesn’t that seem too passive for such a pressing issue?
The short answer is: we will not act if we feel we have already lost.
It is easy to focus on the negative and feel defeated, especially when it seems to be coming for us from every angle. “In a 2021 survey of 10,000 children and young adults from 10 countries (including the U.S.), 59 percent said they were very or extremely worried about climate change. More than half said they felt sad, anxious, angry, powerless, helpless or guilty. Three-quarters said they think the future is ‘frightening,’” says this article.
Stories of crisis make headline news every day, but there are many examples of hopeful stories that get lost between the doom and gloom – from companies, governments, people, and organizations taking action. I mention these stories every week in my newsletter right here on LinkedIn if you are doubtful!
If there was nothing we could do about climate change, giving up would be a logical response. The good news is, we can still make a difference, if we take swift action. When we realize that the future is in our hands, that means we can make a difference. That is what our hope is based on.