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Hope Matters

Why Changing the Way We Think Is Critical to Solving the Environmental Crisis

by (author) Elin Kelsey

Greystone Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Oct 2020
Global Warming & Climate Change, General, Environmental Science
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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.

About the author

ELIN KELSEY, PhD, is an award-winning author and a leading spokesperson for hope and the environment. In 2014, she co-created #OceanOptimism, a twitter campaign to crowd-source and share ocean conservation successes which has reached 90 million users to date. She frequently works on projects with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Stanford University and the University of Victoria and is passionate about engaging kids in hopeful, science-based, environmental solutions. See more at

Elin Kelsey's profile page

Editorial Reviews

“[Hope Matters] highlights the importance of retaining and harnessing hope in tackling the climate crisis.” 
i-D (Vice)

“Kelsey illuminates how hope is needed in addressing climate change and environmental crises … Thoughtful and informative.” 

[Hope Matters can greatly help someone experiencing eco-anxiety, by giving one a sense of hope, belonging, and re-fueling ones’ passion to actively protect the environment.” 
Alternatives Journal

“Like Elin, I have met countless people who have lost hope in many countries. Most were apathetic. Some were angry. Others depressed. Because, they told me, their future has been compromised and there was nothing they could do about it. But there is something they can do. This book comes at just the right moment. It brings a message of hope to help curb the negativity, the gloom and doom we are confronted with each day. It is NOT too late if we get together and take action, NOW.” 
Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace

“Elin Kelsey is that rare creature—perhaps unique?—who writes with the acuity of a scientist, the grace of a poet, and the heart of a mother. After decades of fighting the good fight on behalf of her beloved oceans and their wildlife, she realizes that our conversations about environmentalism are often thwarted by overwhelming doubt and despair. Hope Matters is a clarion call to reawaken our spirits and renew our efforts, filled with engaging success stories, lyrical nature writing, and actionable ideas. 'We can recognize the urgency of the problem and be inspired by the resilience of other species,' Kelsey writes. This is a book to inspire resilience: for our children, for our leaders, for ourselves.”
Anne Nelson, Fellow, Arnold A. Saltzman Institute, Columbia University School for International and Public Affairs, and author of Suzanne’s Children: A Daring Rescue in Nazi Paris

“In a time when so much of the news on biodiversity is depressing, Dr. Elin Kelsey reminds us that there are good reasons to be hopeful. This book is a tonic in hard times.”
Claudia Dreifus, instructor in Columbia University’s Masters in Sustainability Management program and author of Scientific Conversations: Interviews on Science from the New York Times

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