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Connections

Do we need more optimism in climate activism?

Two men and two women sit around a table in a radio studio: (foreground) Kevin Schulte, (background) Abby McHugh-Grifa, Sue Hughes-Smith, and (right) Evan Dawson
David Griffin
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WXXI News
(foreground) Kevin Schulte, (background) Abby McHugh-Grifa, and Sue Hughes-Smith on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Data scientist Hannah Ritchie's new book about climate change and the future of the planet is sparking debate.

In "Not the End of the World: How We Can Be the First Generation to Build a Sustainable Planet," Ritchie argues that some of the prognosticating is too gloom-and-doom, and that we can, in fact, be the first generation to ensure a sustainable future. She uses data to offer ideas on how to deal with climate change, food supplies, and more.

Our guests discuss it:

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.