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Monday, May 27, 2024 at 10:27 AM

Talk to a neighbor, feel better, save humanity

By Paul Hellweg The Johnstown Breeze

Don’t let all the bad news get you down. True, we’re facing lots of crises, some of which even carry a risk of human extinction (nuclear war, climate change, maybe even AI). But there is hope, and you can start experiencing it simply by chatting with your neighbors.

A few months ago, I wrote an oped about how simply going outside will make you feel better, and it’s likely to make you more inclined to help save the climate too. A friend, Simon Nelson, commented that I overlooked the role of community. I have to quote his message directly because he worded it so beautifully: “I think it’s the breaking of our connections with community that has left us so disempowered and unable to see how collective action can solve our problems.”

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