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About Elin Kelsey
Elin Kelsey is a leading international spokesperson for hope and the environment. She is the award-winning author of more than a dozen environment and science-based books for children and adults. Her books have received rave reviews from the Economist, the Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Review and BrainPickings. Her work serves as an antidote to the hopelessness so many people all over the world feel about the state of the environment. Because science is based on problem analysis and the media focuses on tragedy, we rarely hear about conservation successes. Elin's passion for shifting the environmental narrative beyond doom and gloom has garnered her prestigious fellowships at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Hedgebrook, the Mesa Refuge and Berton House . On World Oceans Day in June 2014, she co-launched an #OceanOptimism hashtag and encouraged others to share their good news stories for the seas. The tag went viral reaching more than 70 million users to date and inspiring a broader Earth Optimism and Conservation Optimism movement.
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“This book comes at just the right moment. It is NOT too late if we get together and take action, NOW.” —Jane Goodall
Fears about climate change are fueling an epidemic of despair across the world: adults worry about their children’s future; thirty-somethings question whether they should have kids or not; and many young people honestly believe they have no future at all.
In the face of extreme eco-anxiety, scholar and award-winning author Elin Kelsey argues that our hopelessness—while an understandable reaction—is hampering our ability to address the very real problems we face. Kelsey offers a powerful solution: hope itself.
Hope Matters boldly breaks through the narrative of doom and gloom to show why evidence-based hope, not fear, is our most powerful tool for change. Kelsey shares real-life examples of positive climate news that reveal the power of our mindsets to shape reality, the resilience of nature, and the transformative possibilities of individual and collective action. And she demonstrates how we can build on positive trends to work toward a sustainable and just future, before it’s too late.
Praise for Hope Matters
“Whether you consider yourself a passionate ally of nature, a busy bystander, or anything in between, this book will uplift your spirits, helping you find hope in the face of climate crisis.” —Veronica Joyce Lin, North American Association for Environmental Education “30 Under 30”
“A tonic in hard times.”
—Claudia Dreyguis, author of Scientific Conversations: Interviews on Science from the New York Times
“Beautifully written and an effective antidote against apathy and inaction.”
—Christof Mauch, Director, Rachel Carson Center for the Environment and Society
Published in Partnership with the David Suzuki Institute.