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Are There Reasons to be Hopeful During a Climate Crisis?

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24 4 Are there reasons to be hopeful during a climate crisis

In partnership with Hope for the Future

Climate change is no longer a distant threat and on any given day we are confronted with alarming news about the state of the planet. But do we still have reasons to be hopeful when we’re in a climate crisis? Join us for an hour-long conversation and informal panel discussion to look at where we are in the campaign on climate change, reflect on hope and optimism as motivators for action, and explore how we can balance this with the need to make faster progress and keep pressure on our governments.

Hope for the Future is a climate communications charity which has been working to equip communities, groups and individuals across the country to communicate the urgency of climate change to their local politicians for the last seven years. Using their experience of engaging representatives on climate change, their training provides individuals, community groups, schools, faith groups, campaigners - and anyone in between - with the skills needed to build strong, sustainable and effective relationships with their elected representatives. They exist to get your voice heard on the climate and influence positive change.

Joe Tetlow joined Green Alliance in April 2021 as senior political adviser. He also runs the Environment APPG. Joe previously worked as a senior parliamentary assistant to Neil Parish MP, chair of the DEFRA Select Committee.

Dr. Susie Wang has a background in environmental and social psychology and has published a range of academic papers and reports on climate change communication, imagery and behavioural economics. She has played a key role in Climate Outreach programmes, such as Britain Talks Climate, the UNEP Emissions Gap report in 2020, and Climate Visuals.

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