People are worried as hell about climate change, but that worry is combined with an overwhelming sense of helplessness. Why? Partly because of the assumptions people have.
Look below at these two slides from a talk I gave at Cooper Union last night.
Slide One shows what many people believe and why they feel hopeless:
Slide two shows what, after a year of living the No Impact project, I've come to realize is the truth. Convincing the public of the message in this slide is one of environmentalism's crucial challenges.
By the way, by coincidence, at the same time I was delivering this talk from a personal point of view, Dave Roberts at Grist was writing about it from an economic point of view.
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