After writing about global warming and a zombie apocalypse, I decided it was time for an optimistic post.
Cautionary messages have raised public awareness of environmental issues. Although warnings can earn news coverage for a problem, they don’t support behavior change directly and may even discourage audiences.
In 2009, Grist responded to the discouraging nature of environmental news by starting a project called HopenSource. Although the site is no longer active, the positive stories are still online - including posts on JELL-O cups, a CSA farm program designed for the South Bronx, and a bike path made of ink cartridges. I hope the magazine will revive this project.