Elin Kelsey, PhD is an award-winning author, speaker and thought-leader for the
evidence-based hope and climate solutions movement. Her newest book for adults, Hope Matters: Why Changing the Way We Think Is Critical For Solving The Environmental Crisis was published by Greystone Books (2020). Passionate about bringing timely evidence of hope and multi-species resilience to the public, Kelsey is a popular keynote speaker and media commentator. Her influence can be seen in the hopeful, solutions-focus of her clients, including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and other powerful institutions where she has served as a visiting fellow including the Rachel Carson Center for the Environment and Society, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Cairns Institute and Stanford University in the Graduate School of Education. In 2022 she brought an international focus to research on climate emotions through a Kone Foundation fellowship in Helsinki, Finland. She is currently leading a collaboration between The Solutions Journalism Network and Queer Brown Vegan to make evidence-based hope more shareable online, with support from the David Suzuki Institute. She is
also creating a hope network for environmental leaders as a 2023 fellow with the Salish Sea Institute. She co-created #OceanOptimism, a twitter campaign to crowd-source marine conservation solutions which has reached more than a hundred million shares since it launched in 2014. As an Adjunct Faculty member of the University of Victoria School of Environmental Studies, and, Western Washington University’s School of Environment, she is helping to forward a solutions-oriented paradigm for educating environmental scientists and social scientists. She regularly serves as an author/artist in residence, leading hopeful environmental workshops with kindergarten to university students around the world. She is a feature writer and podcast host for Hakai Magazine and a best-selling children;s book author. Her newest book for children, A Last Goodbye was published in April 2020.Her first film, Breathe, was commissioned by Amnesty International in 2021. For more about Elin and her work please visit