If you have 30 minutes to spare, you might watch this nbcboston special: The Climate Change Project 2021 — A Green Future.
In this 30-minute special, NBC10 Boston meteorologist and climate expert Chris Gloninger speaks with experts about nature-based solutions and renewable energy sources
If you don’t have that long, I recommend this Washington Post article from yesterday: Six ways to stay balanced during the climate crisis by Ariella Cook-Shonkoff and Neelu Tummala. While some of the ways are about enhancing or developing personal resilience — because not giving up is key to making progress — some are more outward-facing.
We can reframe the situation. Yes, our planet is in crisis, but the Biden administration has prioritized climate, paving the way for much-needed systemic change. Amid the bad news about the climate are small signs of positive change: Solar power is now the cheapest source of electricity. The most recent pandemic recovery bill allocates much-needed funding for public transit, which is less polluting than single-occupancy vehicles. Climate champion Deb Haaland was confirmed as interior secretary. Massachusetts just passed a sweeping climate change law.
As Ed Maibach, director of George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication, says about the warming planet: “It’s real. It’s us. Experts agree. It’s bad. There’s hope.”
As Galaxy Quest so wisely teaches us:
A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about a glimmer of hope.