Should I use what instead of how in the following sentence and why ?

How hot future will get depends on what humans do to stop climate change. Governments appeal to people to reduce greenhouse gases ...

I think it should be what not how, but I can't explain the exact reason. I just feel it sounds more natural.

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It depends on what [actions] people do. How would introduce a description of the way an action was done.

  • My English teacher told me that if the sentence is " ... depends on how humans do it to ...", i.e. with an "it", then use how here would be correct, without "it" what sounds more natural. Does that make sense ? Nov 12, 2022 at 13:19
  • If you use how humans do it, you need to have first said what it refers to. Nov 12, 2022 at 13:32

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