Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists are convinced human-caused global warming is happening, but society has not yet taken sufficient action to limit emissions. Mary Evelyn Tucker of the Yale Divinity School says that’s partly because some among the public find the scientific facts overwhelming.

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TUCKER: “I think we have to take a step back from our sometimes sad/bad news and the doom and gloom.”

Instead of only emphasizing the bad, she recommends highlighting a different story – how amazing our world really is . . .

TUCKER: “A story that can inspire wonder, awe, beauty.”

Highlighting how forests, rivers, and other ecosystems work – and how climate change might alter those systems – can engage people emotionally.

TUCKER: “If we can tap into why people love this planet, and why they can feel part of it, these are actually fabulous emotions which can give us the energy for the work that needs to be done on the ground, in institutions, in law and policy, and so on.

Tucker says wonder and awe are renewable sources of the human energy needed to achieve widespread change.

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