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From Katie

by on April 30, 2013

From Katie

In this New York Times opinions article, Andrew Revkin argues that the biggest issue with climate change is that humans are paralyzed in their fear and therefore unwilling and unable to negotiate and solve the issue effectively. Revkin argues that “with hope comes action”, and calls on individuals to remain positive and encouraged in order to deal with climate change rather than leave its effects for future generations to live with. His voice is compelling and clear and I enjoyed hearing his argument.

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  1. I thought this was an interesting article, and definitely a refreshing, optimistic approach compared to the more cynical “doomsday” one to climate change. Revkin argues that there still is hope: “Climate, energy, and resource problems have solutions, and we can solve them when we muster the resolve to do so. This requires a costly commitment, which will only be made if most people believe a positive outcome is both attainable and worthwhile.” That quote really stuck out to me because it is true. There is hope that we can attack the issue of climate change and resolve it as long as we muster the will to do so. He makes it seem kind of simple and easy, but getting people to believe in “a positive outcome” that “is both attainable and worthwhile” is a hard thing to do. Furthermore, getting the people who actually have power to do something to care is another story. Again, his hopeful approach is encouraging, but we still run into a similar question: how do we get people to care enough to do something? If it is by showing that there is more hope for a positive outcome by taking action now, how do we relay that message in a way that will make people care/want to do something?

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