Eco-Optimism

July 20, 2014

Brutal storms, rising seas, drought... you've seen the headlines. Our climate changed future seems pretty scary. But do all the messages about climate catastrope keep people from taking action to slow carbon emmissions or prepare for changing weather? What would happen if we looked to the future with hope?

  1. A Hopeful Message - Frances Moore Lappé

    Frances Moore Lappé has working toward sustainability and biodiversity for more than 40 years. But one day, in the middle of a conference about climate change, she started to wonder if people were telling the story all wrong.

    You can also listen to our interview with Wangari Maathai about reforesting Africa.

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  2. Rethinking Nature

    There's a big debate among ecologists right now over whether we can have hope in the face of climate change. Science writer Emma Marris says we need it. And it’s not just newspaper headlines and environmental campaigns that need to change, we need to rethink “nature.”

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  3. Sonic Sidebar: FutureCoast

    Maybe one way to get people thinking more pro-actively - and more hopefully- about climate change, is to make it fun. Here’s the story of “FutureCoast,” a game about climate change.

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  4. Climate International

    Copenhagen, Johannesburg, Kyoto, Rio... it can be hard to keep track of all the international summits where global leaders have tried to tackle climate change. Do international climate negotiations do any good? Author and lobbyist Felix Dodds thinks so. Here's why...

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  5. BookMark: Benjamin Kunkel

    Writer Benjamin Kunkel bookmarks Herman Daly's "Steady-State Economics."

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  6. On Our Minds: Sacred Economics

    Have you heard about "sacred economics"? It's Charles Eisenstein's viral idea, that we need to get our economic systems back in line with our values.

    Looking for the extended interview with Eisenstein? Here it is.

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