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If the climate can change, so can we

A protester holds a paper reading 'Planet earth first' at the 'Climate March' demonstration prior to the UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn, Germany, 04 November 2017. The 23rd session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC), the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference COP23 will take place from 06 to 17 November in Bonn, the seat of the Climate Change Secretariat, and is presided by Fiji. EPA/RONALD WITTEK

A new approach to the defining story of our time might help us finally develop a framework to make a difference. Now that extreme weather is the new normal, individual efforts to fight climate change can feel pointless. What good is making sure you take transit when it’s -35 one day and 10 degrees the next? But defining climate change as inevitable is a marketing strategy used by those who profit off of our inertia.

So you can change the story, but not by riding a bike or recycling. Research shows there is one thing we can do that’s both easy and effective-you have to tell people you care; not with depression or sadness but with concern and hope. That’s what moves the needle. But how do you start those conversations, and with whom?

Also…can we still enjoy unseasonably warm days in the dead of winter without guilt? Asking for a friend who hosts a podcast…

GUEST: Catherine Abreu, executive director, Climate Action Network Canada