Climate change has been my window into learning about human nature — or, at least, about what we humans do when faced with a challenge much greater than ourselves. The experience has also persuaded me that a better understanding of our own nature can help inspire a more effective response to what is happening to the natural world. Read on Vox.
For the practice of empathy to be effective—in business, education, or social entrepreneurship—it’s important to conceive of it not as a “soft, flattering, hand-holding” sentiment but, in the words of Ta-Nehisi Coates, as a “muscular empathy rooted in curiosity.” Read on Forbes.
The Gay Rights Playbook: How to Fight Climate Change Now (The Daily Beast)
Having researched, written about, and worked in the field of gay rights for nearly a decade (and, more recently, concerned myself with climate change for nearly as long), I see at least seven lessons that climate activists could adapt from the gay rights movement. Read on The Daily Beast.
Returning from a late summer climb up Mount Shasta to news of the President’s Response to the Charlottesville rally was a jarring re-entry from America the beautiful to America the ugly—a public square where people from backgrounds both high and low now speak freely with hatred, dividing us and diminishing us more with every foul word. And it made me register that we are in this for the long haul—certainly, longer than most of us want. So how do we survive it? That is, what can we do now that will allow us to still recognize ourselves as Americans when this is over—perhaps even become better, more understanding people as a result? Here are three strategies that may help. Read on The Elephant Journal.
5 Hopeful Things Parents Should Know about Climate Change (The Huffington Post)
Anyone who has experienced a break up, a death in the family or any other significant loss knows that even in sadness and grief, we often discover some light in the dark, some wonderful deepening that we likely would not have experienced any other way. And I have found that to be true in thinking about our changing world, as well. Read on The Huffington Post
Rediscovering the Most Important Thing About Parenting (Finer Minds)
Even if you do everything you can to deliver on the things most people agree are important — providing kids with loving time and attention, a relatively stable home life, a good education—there are so many outside influences on children now, especially teens who are exposed to stressors from the pressure of getting into college to learning to navigate an increasingly uncertain world. But sometimes the very best thing we can do is very small–and right in front of us. Read on Finer Minds.
What stands in the way of climate action isn’t just political deadlock or financial conflicts of interest. Rather, my research suggests that many of the obstacles to—and opportunities for—climate action also turn on how we think and, perhaps more importantly, feel about the issue. Read on Forbes.
Can Empathy Help Stop Climate Change? (Greater Good Magazine)
What would make you more likely to reduce your carbon footprint: Knowing that climate change is a threat to people—or to birds? New research has some surprising implications. Read on Greater Good.
Optimism for Me, Pessimism for We (Greater Good Magazine)
New research explains why we tend to think we’re all doomed, even as we hope for a better personal future. Can we close that gap between private optimism and public pessimism? Read on Greater Good.
Coming Out on Climate Change (Medium)
I used to think “I’m gay” were the hardest words I could say aloud. But that was 25 years ago, before I grew up, as it were, got married and had kids. More recently, the toughest truth I’ve had to come to terms with is, “I’m a Mom who is worried about climate change.” Read on Medium.
Global Warming Through a Mom’s Eyes (The Christian Science Monitor)
How do I continue to relish the deep and joyous love I feel for my sons today – while neither putting my head in the sand nor filling them with untold anxiety about their future? I don’t have good answers to this question yet. But I do know that what is happening to the environment has fundamentally changed my sense of what it means to be a good parent. Read on The Christian Science Monitor.
Mothers Out Front on Climate Change (The Huffington Post)
“Each day I look into my grandchildren’s eyes and think, ‘I cannot do less than everything I am able for these beloved grandchildren.’ I want a good future for them. I want a livable planet for all,” said Susan Lees, a grandmother of five from Arlington, Mass. Read on The Huffington Post.
3 Insights Into Writing about Social Issues (JaneFriedman.com)
Having an agenda—specifically, a goal of persuading others—meant my definition of success rested on something I could not control: how others responded. The better guide, I realized, was that simple question: Is it the right thing to do? Read on JaneFriedman.com