“‘It’s too late’ means ‘I want to be as comfortable in my life as possible, because I’m already comfortable,'” Mr. Said Ake. “It’s too late” means “I have nothing to do, and the responsibility is far from me, and I can continue as I wish.”
To overcome his sense of self-destruction, Mr. Aiken keeps an eye on his climate news intake. He came up with a metric: focus on 20 percent of problems and 80 percent of solutions. He understands that there is lifelong work ahead, and he focuses on grassroots movements and affecting local change. “That work accomplishes me,” he said, “and keeps me optimistic about a future in which we can still survive and thrive.”
Kate Marvel, a research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Columbia University, said she is stable even when confronted with fear-based climate messages. But his own focus is on all that humans can still do. She noted the positive effects of federal clean air and water laws and the Montreal Protocol, signed in 1987 to phase out ozone-depleting chemicals, which helped heal the ozone layer, preventing millions of skin cancer cases a year. And worsened global warming.
“We are still facing very serious threats. It is legal,” he said. Marvel said. “But that does not mean that no policy has ever been effective, and no progress has ever been made. And that does not mean that progress is impossible.
Or, as Mary Annis Hegler, a climate essayist and co-host of the “Hot Tech” podcast and newsletter, said, “Look at all life in a balance between 1.5 and 1.6 degrees.” She was referring to the additional droughts, heatwaves, floods and catastrophic storms that scientists say will result in every degree of global warming.
Ms. For. Hegler, as bad as climate doomism is, is as bad as what she calls “hopium” – a baseless optimism that, like any other silver bullet, will come with a magical climate solution.
“Under error and optimism, ‘Will we win?'” Ms. Hegler said. “It simply came to our notice then. We need to ask ourselves if we are going to try. We don’t know if we will win or not. Whether we like it or not, it will still be valuable. “
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