research product . 2019

Better than hope : in search of a defence against despair in the face of global climate change

Littlemore, Richard;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2019
  • Country: Canada
Abstract
Hope is often credited as an inspiration for action and, in difficult circumstances, a protection against despair. But ill-considered hope can be an unreliable helper. If people choose only to hope for a happy outcome, rather than acting in their own interest, they risk losing the opportunity to improve their situation. Putting faith in hope alone, they may also find that, after crossing a critical marker, hope’s protection evaporates, suddenly and at great emotional cost. In that context and in the face of the gathering threat of climate change, this thesis records the search for a strategy that is better than hope – more active, robust and resilient. The searc...
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free text keywords: climate change, hope, Michael Mann, Monbiot, Oreskes, Suzuki
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