Is this the best of times, the worst of times, or both?

This week, the Upside finds that optimism will be better than pessimism at tackling global heating

“Is this the best moment ever? Are we on the brink of extinction? Can both be true?”

So begins Lily Cole in her forthcoming book Who Cares Wins, a very Upsidey piece of work which manages to champion not one “ism” but two. Cole’s central argument is that if we are going to confront the looming climate catastrophe, we will need not just a prodigious surge in environmentalism but a huge dose of optimism as well.

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That is more money than I can begin to imagine, but all the prize money will be donated, through my foundation, to different organisations and projects who are working to help people on the front line, affected by the climate crisis and ecological crisis.”

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