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‘Climate Courage’ highlights bright spots in fight against climate change

‘Climate Courage’ highlights bright spots in fight against climate change

Courage: the ability to do something that frightens one. In Chapter 1 of "Climate Courage" (Beacon Press), author Andreas Karelas quotes Kate Marvel, a climate scientist, who says, "We need courage,…

Courage: the ability to do something that frightens one. In Chapter 1 of “Climate Courage” (Beacon Press), author Andreas Karelas quotes Kate Marvel, a climate scientist, who says, “We need courage, not hope, to face climate change.”

We are in an era of major change, which can be scary. However, what is more concerning is losing our quality of life if we do not begin to really confront the climate issue, and soon. Yet Karelas is excited nowadays — and one reason is that clean-energy jobs are the fastest-growing sector of the economy.

“Climate Courage” is a smartly crafted read that is easily accessible, with a hopeful message highlighting the bright spots in this fight. A lot of ground is covered in the book, and it is timely given a new administration strongly focused on tackling the climate crisis and its push for clean-energy jobs through its infrastructure bill.

At the outset, Karelas says the climate fight is not a left or right issue and that most U.S. citizens view it similarly, with over two-thirds of Americans understanding that climate change is real and caused by humans. What’s more, 85 percent of citizens want 100 percent clean energy and for their elected officials to take action on this critical issue. Eighty-five percent —not many issues these days have that many sharing the same opinion.

The book lays out some key points reminding us not to give up and that the climate issue is about humanity, as the clock is ticking. We all see the weather changes and the impacts on the environment worldwide. Karelas says we need to come together and empowers us through our shared values of wanting to protect the environment while also helping the economy through even our own local efforts.
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