Karin Mickelson ~ ‘Hope in a TWAIL Register’

(2020) 1 TWAIL Review 14-27
ISSN 2563-6693
Published under a Creative Commons licence

This essay explores the role and importance of hope in TWAIL scholarship and activism as well as in current debates on environmental challenges, and climate change in particular. Beginning by differentiating hope from optimism and faith, the essay describes the distinctive role that hope has played at different stages of TWAIL. It then considers some insights that can be gleaned from the literature on hope in the environmental context, highlighting not only its importance in helping us to confront complex and sometimes overwhelming challenges, but also the need to recognize the different forms that hope can take.  The essay concludes by emphasizing the importance of connection and community in building and maintaining hope.