Lisa Bennett is a Bay Area writer focused on solutions to climate change. She is the coauthor of Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence. Follow her on Twitter @LisaPBennett
Stories by Lisa Bennett
The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.
Articles: Optimism for Me, Pessimism for WeBy Lisa Bennett | April 22, 2014
New research explains why we tend to think we're all doomed, even as we hope for a better personal future. Can we close that gap between private optimism and public pessimism?
Articles: Can Empathy Help Stop Climate Change?By Lisa Bennett | April 17, 2014
What would make you more likely to reduce your carbon footprint: Knowing that climate change is a threat to people—or to birds? New research has some surprising implications.
Articles: Five Ways to Develop “Ecoliteracy”By Daniel Goleman, Zenobia Barlow, Lisa Bennett | April 18, 2013
Daniel Goleman, Lisa Bennett, and Zenobia Barlow explain how we can teach kids to care deeply about the environment.
Articles: The Hot SpotBy Lisa Bennett | September 1, 2008
Climate scientists wonder why people don’t do more about global warming. Social scientists have some troubling answers.
Hate crimes and hateful language are on the rise. What are you going to do about it?
Gifts should make us feel grateful—but sometimes we only feel guilty or obligated to reciprocate. Here are four ways to stay grateful.
Christine Carter explains how to shorten your to-do list and feel more motivated to tackle it, all at once.
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