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Author talk will counter “climate doomism”

The Salish Sea Science Roundtable speaker series continues on Tuesday, March 5th with a talk by Dr. Elin Kelsey, author of the book Hope Matters: Why Changing the Way We Think is Critical to Solving the Environmental Crisis. The talk will be hosted by the Puget Sound Institute and facilitated by the Salish Sea Institute at Western Washington University. Roundtable sessions occur virtually on the first Tuesday of each month as a way to share emerging science that is shaping Salish Sea ecosystem recovery. An in-person reception and happy hour will follow this month’s talk. Details are below.

The science behind evidence-based hope and strategies for countering climate doomism

March 5 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm on Zoom

Facilitated by the Salish Sea Institute at Western Washington University.

Elin Kelsey, PhD, is a leading spokesperson, scholar and educator in the area of evidence-based hope. Elin’s work focuses on the reciprocal relationship between humans and the rest of nature, particularly in relation to the emotional implications of the narrative of environmental doom and gloom on children and adults. Her influence can be seen in the hopeful, solutions-focus of her clients including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and other powerful institutions where she has served as a visiting fellow including the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Passionate about bringing science-based stories of hope and multi-species resilience to the public, Kelsey is a popular keynote speaker and media commentator. In 2014, she co-created #OceanOptimism, a twitter campaign to crowd-source marine conservation solutions which has reached more than 95 million shares to date. In 2019 she served as a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University in the Graduate School of Education, bringing a critical emphasis on hope to an interdisciplinary think tank on environmental issues. In 2021 she was accepted as a Fellow at the Salish Sea Institute at Western Washington University.

While the event is free, registration is required to help prevent Zoom bombing. Once you register Zoom will email you your unique link to join. If you have trouble accessing your unique link, you can always re-register to join directly at or use the meeting ID: 928 0459 1258.

Stop by the happy hour after

March 5 from 5:30 – 7:00 PM at Stones Throw Brewery

1009 Larrabee Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225

Drop by for an informal reception with Elin Kelsey afterward. FYI while we’re coordinating the logistics, this is a self-service happy hour.

Notes on the shared calendar

Unfortunately, the calendar invites that Zoom sends when you register are a static snapshot in time. So they don’t update if a meeting is canceled, rescheduled, or edited. Zoom just emails you an additional calendar hold, which can be confusing. So the best option is to subscribe to the shared Salish Sea Science Roundtable calendar, which will dynamically update with the latest information. Once the meeting starts, you can register and join directly. You can follow the shared calendar in either:

  • Outlook
    1. Select File > Account Settings > Account Settings
    2. On the Internet Calendars tab, click New. Paste this Outlook-specific link, then click Add.
      • Note: If you open the link in a browser it will download a static version of the calendar that’s a snapshot in time and will not reflect the most up-to-date information. The Outlook-specific link you need to paste is:
    3. Name the calendar Salish Sea Science Roundtable, then click OK.
  • Gmail by opening this link and selecting the + Google Calendar button in the bottom right corner