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A leading marine biologist advocates for optimism in climate change discussions

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, a prominent climate activist and marine biologist, emphasizes the importance of cautious optimism and collective action in addressing the climate crisis.

David Marchese reports for The New York Times.


In short:

  • Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson promotes a hopeful outlook on climate change, focusing on actionable solutions.
  • Her upcoming book, "What if We Get It Right?" explores promising climate solutions through interviews with various leaders.
  • Johnson highlights the need for inclusive communication to engage diverse audiences in climate action.

Key quote:

“People don’t like sacrifice. People don’t like bans. But I think there’s a way to frame that as: This is an opportunity to live a different and better life.”

— Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, marine biologist and climate activist.

Why this matters:

Emphasizing positive, actionable steps can motivate more people to participate in climate solutions in meaningful ways, ultimately driving public engagement and policy support to mitigate global warming's impacts. Read more: Finding climate solutions in communities instead of labs.

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