Being optimistic is hard, and it seems to get harder by the day. Readers of this forum need no reminders, I'm sure, of the severity of our socio-environmental situation, and certainly have no use for platitudes about what needs to be done. As a community, we have been discussing such issues with regularity, on these pages and beyond. But since acting requires at least a reasonable expectation that the action will yield meaningful results, where does one find hope for change these days? How does one maintain, in the words of Italian revolutionary Antonio Gramsci, an "optimism of the…
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