If we are to address climate change, we will need to hear and witness the myriad stories of individuals and groups who, with agency, are actively pursuing sustainable futures. For example, research shows that chief among the strategies to address climate change is ensuring that girls across the globe receive an education. However, negative perceptions of futility and impossibility presents another barrier to effective action on addressing global problems. Dialectical thinking has us hold on to seemingly opposite realities simultaneously, such as acknowledges the tragic realities of our time and also championing its successes. Engaging in the act of hope can help us become less terrified about the future and more assured in our belief that it is possible to build a better, and more just, world.

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