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It’s hard to imagine major outlets publishing essays declaring efforts to reduce poverty hopeless. Or telling cancer patients to just give up.

Yet this Climate Doomist trope flourishes — penned, best I can tell, exclusively by older, comfy white men. newyorker.com/culture/cultur…
If you read that Franzen climate change essay, you *must* read The Case for Climate Rage by @amywestervelt for context. popula.com/2019/08/19/the…
Franzen climate essay antidote — @MaryHeglar’s “But the Greatest of These is Love.”

“A love like that doesn’t seek peace, or even vengeance. She seeks justice. And she’s strong enough, ferocious enough, brave enough to burn this bitch to the ground.” medium.com/@maryheglar/bu…
And more recently from @MaryHeglar — “The Fight for Climate Justice Requires a New Narrative.”

“We don’t have to sit idly by and watch our future burn. We are not powerless.” inverse.com/article/58632-…
“We’ve witnessed a dramatic rise in the prominence of climate doomism — commentary that portrays climate change not just as a threat that requires an urgent response but also as an essentially lost cause, a hopeless fight.”

@ClimateComms & @MichaelEMann washingtonpost.com/opinions/dooms…
"If Captain America taught us anything, it’s that you shouldn’t need the guarantee of success to fight for what you know to be right; especially when that fight will determine whether millions of people live or die."

@emorwee on Franzen's climate doomism. heated.world/p/bird-man-cri…
@emorwee Another Franzen climate antipode is @DrKateMarvel.

"The opposite of hope is not despair. It is grief. Even while resolving to limit the damage, we can mourn. And here, the sheer scale of the problem provides a perverse comfort: we are in this together." onbeing.org/blog/kate-marv…
@emorwee @DrKateMarvel There's more on Franzen's fundamental misunderstanding of climate science and the UN's 2°C warming goal in this long, thoughtful and pointed thread from @DoctorVive.
@emorwee @DrKateMarvel @DoctorVive As @AlexSteffen points out in a tweet threaded to this one, "the biggest fights are all still ahead of us—and the difference between the world we get if we win those fights, and the world that will be left if we lose is nearly unimaginable."
@emorwee @DrKateMarvel @DoctorVive @AlexSteffen "I find the people who think we are doomed to be very tiring and unhelpful," James Hansen, the scientist who famously warned Congress of climate change 30 years ago, told @jswatz, who reported on climate doomism's scientific inaccuracy for @nytclimate. nytimes.com/2018/11/19/sci…
This thread on the Franzen climate essay from @annajanejoyner includes a thoughtful critique of the avalanche of criticism piled upon it.
@annajanejoyner An @EARTH3R post by @blkahn criticizing Franzen's New Yorker climate essay is titled "Ban Rich White Guys From Writing Their Thoughts About Climate Change" and posted under the category "dumbasses." earther.gizmodo.com/ban-rich-white…
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