We need outrage AND optimism to tackle climate change

Systemic stories

26 April 2019

It can be hard to know how to respond to climate change.

Many of us feel overwhelmed by the size and complexity of the problem.

According to our Future Stewards partners Global Optimism, the key is to embrace optimism and outrage.

They’ve just launched a new podcast – Outrage and Optimism – to explore how.

They aim to highlight how we need both the anger we see on the streets, and the deep conviction that we can address climate change to break through the status quo.

In their words: “Outrage without optimism leads to defeatism, and optimism without outrage leads to unacceptably incremental approaches.”

Of course, combining these responses isn’t easy. Check out the first episode, in which the team explore the interplay between the two. They also share how the infectious power of optimism helped them negotiate the landmark Paris Climate Agreement.

And they talk to David Attenborough about why he feels hopeful when he sees young people's anger about climate change - and why older generations need to listen!

Each week, Global Optimism will interview a leading climate voice and explore a different theme – from the role of setting big goals to the Green New Deal.

It's a thought-provoking and inspiring listen. Subscribe on Apple iTunes, Libsyn or wherever you get your podcasts.

We’re already hooked!