Martijn van Zomeren doesn’t hate hope. But he certainly thinks hope is overrated. Recent research found that when people were more hopeful about solving climate change, they were not more motivated to do anything about it. Hoping may thus make us feel better, while doom is coming to the world.
To reduce the impacts of climate change, we need global cooperation. By using an analogy to ants, Research Master student Vladimir Bojarskich argues that individuals can influence people at large – and that, therefore, individuals can drive the collective to mitigate climate change.