In-depth Q&A: What is ‘climate justice’?.
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“It’s a kind of hopelessness I guess. Helplessness,” says Ross Simpson, 22, from Glasgow. He’s telling me how he and his friends feel about stopping the worst effects of climate change. The warnings keep coming of more heatwaves, droughts, floods, and global temperatures going up and up and up. Seeing so many negative stories in the news only makes Ross feel worse. Like many, he worries it’s already too late. “What difference does changing your lifestyle actually make in the grand scheme of things? Why do anything, if we’re all doomed anyway?” Noor Elmasry, 22, has been having similar conversations with her friends across the Atlantic, in Chicago. “I think a lot of the frustration manifests from seeing people in power just constantly disappoint you,” she says. Repeatedly, scientists said taking action in their own lives helped to ease their anxieties. Many were proud of the scientific work they had been part of, but some also spoke about doing simpler things: recycling, eating a plant-based diet, insulating their homes, going on marches and engaging with politics. Dr Nana Ama Browne Klutse, a scientist who contributed to a major report on climate change this year, said she occasionally planted mango saplings by the roadside. Would it save the world on its own? No. Did it make her feel a bit better? Yes.
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Climate scientist Professor Katharine Hayhoe gives on average 100 talks to people around the world every year, according to her own calculations. At the end of her (mostly virtual) engagements, she is always asked the same question: what gives you hope? “I could be speaking to students at Cambridge or a senior citizens home, it’s always right there at the top of people’s minds,” she tells The Independent. “We’re desperate for hope. If you go to any mainstream media outlet, the headlines are depressing, scary, anxious, infuriating and enraging. Humans can’t keep that up long term.” In the face of news about stronger hurricanes, melting ice sheets and thawing permafrost, the Canadian-born scientist has “made a practice of hope”. She searches and shares stories about floating solar farms in China and river-fired power in remote Arctic villages. She spends time talking at rallies and events calling for greater action on the climate crisis. Hope runs as a central theme throughout her new book: Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World. The book explores the politicisation of the climate crisis from the US to the UK, increasing levels of climate anxiety among ordinary people and what she views to be the solution: finding hope and starting conversations.
Independent 3rd Oct 2021 read more »