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June book club is reading Elin Kelsey’s “Hope Matters” – Join us!

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“Hope Matters.”

And yet so often the narratives and messages that dominate public conversation on the environment focus on the threat and doom of inaction as a way of trying to motivate human behaviour. Kelsey draws on a rich interdisciplinary tapestry of research to show how this has failed to create change. She goes on to demonstrate how hope can offer a viable alternative to empower humans to care for the world they know and love.

We will bring this book into conversation with Christian theology – asking how a faith perspective can motivate change. Not the simplistic hope of a supernatural cure, but rather the hope that comes through patiently living the kind of life God has called human beings to. What one might call, ‘the ecosystem of God.’

Join us on zoom for a rich conversation!

Listen to a CBC interview with Elin here.

Her book is available from Greystone Books. Check your local independent bookstore, or online.

This event is a partnership with A Rocha Canada and Wild Church Victoria.

*Description from the publisher*

We are at an inflection point: today, more people than ever before recognize that climate change and biodiversity loss are urgent and existential threats. Yet constant reports of climate doom are fueling an epidemic of eco-anxiety, leaving many of us feeling hopeless and powerless—and hampering our ability to address the very real challenges we face.

Hope Matters boldly breaks through the narrative of doom and gloom that has overtaken conversations about our future to show why hope, not fear, is our most powerful tool for tackling the planetary crisis. Award-winning author, scholar, and educator Elin Kelsey reveals the collateral damage of despair—from young people who honestly believe they have no future to the link between climate anxiety and hyper-consumerism—and argues that the catastrophic environmental news that dominates the media tells only part of the story. She describes effective campaigns to support ocean conservation, species resilience, and rewilding, demonstrating how digital conservation is helping scientists target specific problems with impressive results. And she shows how we can build on these positive trends and harness all our emotions about the changing environment—anger and sadness as well as hope—into effective personal and political action.