Hope, Not Optimism

Fatalism has no theory of change

Green tree ants on a leaf, Daintree rainforest, northern Australia (author’s photo)

ve been an activist all my life — literally, I attended my first demonstrations in a stroller — and that’s reflected in my work, from the essays and blog posts I’ve published for 20 years to the dozens of books I’ve written, both fiction and nonfiction.

To be an activist is to want to change the world. To change the world, you need two things…