Cultivating Hope and Resilience

Hope is a teachable skill and an essential part of human development and is the foundation for resilience. When working with youth, focus on realistic hope by recognizing the negative impacts of the climate crisis while stressing the silver lining, such as the potential for the climate crisis to bring people together as they support one another after a natural disaster. Developing hope can support physical and mental wellness, increase social connection, combat anxiety and depression, and improve the overall quality of life (read more).

Teach hopefulness

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Provide free time in nature to develop agency 

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Use cognitive behavioral interventions to reframe negative thoughts to be more objective and realistic 

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Reframe "eco-anxiety" to "eco-empathy" or "eco-compassion" 

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Use sustainable well-being practices and positive education 

Share examples of hope: people caring for the natural world, innovations, stories 

Learn about and share examples of climate activists: 

Share innovative and interesting ways that address climate change:

Share stories from the CLEAN collection of people taking action:

  • Four Generations of Green highlights a family striving for sustainability in their operations by conserving energy and reducing greenhouse gases across many aspects of their dairy business. 
  • Climate Heroes: Stories of Change documentary weaves together nine inspiring stories from countries around the world, showing that action on climate change is creating jobs, improving lives and turning dreams of a better future into reality. 
  • The Second Solution: Riparian Restoration is a video about a community implemented a solution to keep stream water cool enough for healthy fish, which lead to removal of CO2 from the atmosphere.  
  • Anya: Citizen Science in Siberia- Young Voices on Climate Change is a video about an indigenous Siberian girl who witnesses the changes in her community and engages in citizen science to learn and teach her schoolmates about global warming. Young Voices on Climate Change offers many examples of youth taking action in their communities.  

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