Toward Hopeful Coalitions for Sustainable Development
The effects of climate change can evoke fear and a sense of apocalypse. Invoking the apocalypse in discourse about the future, however, can lead to denial or fatalism. This article considers the concept of hope as an attitude and ritual practice that defies the dichotomy between secular and religious. Practicing hope, trust and empathy can stimulate dialogue and cooperation around climate change and upcoming water challenges. The article discusses a case study of a learning exchange between South Africa and the Netherlands on hope regarding climate change and water.