One of the things I find most inspiring are stories about people who changed their minds about something they were sure was True, and are willing to admit their mistake. These people give me courage and hope, since in my own experience admitting to my misunderstandings and harm is one of the hardest things I’ve ever tried to do.
Two stories about minds changing about climate change specifically have touched me recently. The first is from an episode of This American Life. The whole episode, titled “Hot in My Backyard” is worth listening to, and I found Act II especially poignant. It tells the story of a former Congressional Representative from South Carolina, Bob Inglis. Inglis is a conservative Republican who changed his mind about climate change after looking at the research, and is now an activist trying to create a conservative coalition for climate change. Listen to it here.
The second story is a video of a woman who changed her mind about climate change after watching the documentary film Chasing Ice.
If you haven’t seen the film, I highly recommend it, and it was just released on iTunes and Netflix. Here’s the trailer: