Tackling climate change requires public help and hope

If there’s one thing to take away from today’s conversation about climate change, it’s that there’s no denying the scope of the challenge. At COP26 last November, heads of state committed to keeping the Paris Agreement’s temperature goals alive. Private sector leaders are also undertaking trillion-dollar climate finance initiatives to pursue net zero emissions. This is encouraging progress but not sufficient.

Most now believe that climate change is real and that action to reduce our impact on the planet is not only necessary, but possible, when people come together. But what is also clear is that we are not giving the public sufficient opportunity to move beyond boundaries and include them in identifying solutions. We need more settings that allow people to discuss possibilities, feel hopeful, and engage in action.

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