Tweet of the Week: Eric Holthaus on the courage to take action

Often there seems to be very little good news when it comes to the state of our planet and this week’s release of the UN biodiversity report confirmed that human activity might be responsible for the extinction of 1 million species. We have relatively little time to act and we are the last generation that can likely avoid the worst ramifications of climate change and species loss. Grist’s straight-shooting columnist Eric Holthaus tweeted a good reminder that the UN report is not our destiny and that we must use it as motivation to keep fighting, voting, volunteering, and demanding action from our leader.

Why This Matters: Sometimes you just need some encouragement and a reminder that you’re part of a huge community of people who care about the fate of our planet. We don’t have to accept dire scientific predictions if we don’t want to, our collective action can make the difference.

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