Aspen trees.

A Climate of Hope

Our Future is in Our Hands

Utah’s climate is changing and the impacts are profound. The good news is that it’s not too late to create a future in which humans and nature thrive—every bit of warming we prevent will help. Many Utahns are already taking action with a clear-eyed understanding of the challenges and a focus on effective solutions at hand. With this kind of rational hope, Utahns can work toward a healthy, prosperous, low-carbon future that benefits us all.

This website is a companion to the Natural History Museum of Utah's A Climate of Hope exhibition. On it, you can explore or re-visit stories from the exhibition about how the changing climate impacts Utahns and the climate solutions being implemented across the state. You can also access digital interactives from the exhibit and updates to stories. Like the exhibition, we hope this website will be a guide to finding hope through taking action on solutions that are important to you and can spark conversations about how we build a thriving future for Utah together.

Hope doesn’t come to me if I just sit there waiting for it to show up.
Hope comes from action, from looking for positive examples of what
people are doing, and engaging with people who share my values and
concerns. That’s incredibly hopeful, to be together in community.

— Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist

Hope in Action

Cyclists ride on a bike path.

Image © Kirsten Roper/NHMU

How do you feel when you think about our future and the
changing climate? Many people experience strong emotions—a
normal reaction in the face of a big challenge. Emotions are
important because they shape our ability to act in challenging
situations. Taking action, especially working with others, is
actually a proven way to feel more hopeful about our future.
Think of it as a positive feedback loop: action inspires hope
inspires action.

Next Step >>>

Before taking action, we must first gain a better understanding of climate change and how it is impacting Utah. Learn more in our next section, Understanding Climate Change in Utah