The world deserves better than doom and gloom. It’s tried. And, a lot of the time, it’s very true. But it also creates a culture of hopelessness that obstructs inspired change.
So, why do we still emphasize negatives in our environmental communications when empowerment proves to be more effective?
Elin Kelsey has set out to explore the hopeful side of environmental storytelling. Through the Rachel Carson Centre’s virtual exhibition, Beyond Doom and Gloom: An Exploration through Letters, she asks pressing questions like:
- How do we overcome the pervasive belief that if we speak of hope, we must not know how bad things are?
- How do we address the fear that if we acknowledge the capacity for resilience, we risk fuelling complacency?
This virtual exhibition also invites us all to participate in the discussion with our own response to what it means to move towards more hopeful, solution-oriented environmental narratives.