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How to talk to a climate change sceptic

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What is the single most important thing that any individual can do to help alleviate the climate crisis?

Katharine Hayhoe is the chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy, a distinguished professor at Texas Tech University and the author of Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World.

She believes that only if we all talk about climate change will humanity take the right paths to tackle climate change.

But what if the person you are talking to doesn’t believe in climate change? Or what if they do, but they are so depressed or anxious they feel helpless?

Katharine has practical advice.

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Climate Change

The COP28 climate summit held in late 2023 served to focus the world’s attention on the steps necessary to avert catastrophe - and resulted in an official acknowledgement that fossil fuels are the root cause of climate change. Despite the stated aim of the Paris Agreement to limit warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, by having countries voluntarily reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, the world is on track to exceed that threshold. Even 1.5°C in warming is likely to lead to punishing environmental impacts and widespread displacement.This briefing is based on the views of a wide range of experts from the World Economic Forum’s Expert Ne...

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