Hope Matters: Changing the way we think and talk about the environment

Elin Kelsey Lecture at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops BC – CANADA
April 6, 2022 – 7:00-9:00 pm Pacific Daylight Savings Time
Mountain Room In the Student Activity Centre


Everyone is invited to take part in Elin Kelsey’s visit to TRU on April 6, 2022, Hope Matters: A Climate Action Event. The lecture will commence at 7:00 p.m. It will also be live-streamed and recorded for future broadcast.

Dr. Kelsey is an environmental scholar at the University of Victoria who researches evidence-based hope, a successful children’s writer, and world-renowned climate activist Elin Kelsey.

Dr. Kelsey’s guest lectures are sponsored by the TRU Faculty of Arts and are being offered as an experiential component of ENGL 4770 Pathways to Hope and Resilience. Students are exploring climate narratives through the lens of Kelsey’s 2020 publication Hope Matters: Why Changing the Way We Think Is Critical to Solving the Environmental Crisis. Her book is a truly inspiring as well as action-oriented approach to our future. In a recent interview with CBC Quirks and Quarks Elin explained:

The argument I’m making is that almost all of the environmental news that we hear about is positioned as problem identification. But because we only hear about problems, we’re missing the evidence of things that are moving in a positive direction. And what that ends up doing is it causes us to feel like all of our hard work is for naught, you know, we’re at the starting line. There’s no hope because there’s no time. It really fuels a whole collection of worries and concerns.

Framing climate change as an impending catastrophe stokes the fires of “climate doomism”. Acceptance of what is, is not the same as fatalism about what comes next. Fatalistic forecasts are being co-opted and used for ulterior motives.

RU and the City of Kamloops are fortunate to welcome a scholar and activist whose message is as timely, helpful and hopeful as the times require and demand. Please join us; you will be glad, and hopeful, that you did.

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