#climatechange #theliturgists @jess_spiars posted an article earlier that eventually led to me writing a thread about who "real scientists" are, how you can tell, and indirectly about scientific consensus and how the tiny # of "denier scientists" aren't a trustworthy group.
I saw this today, & it discusses the "reticence" of the scientific community, which reflects my own experience, & is why I get mad when ppl call scientists alarmist or extreme:
The word "panic" is upsetting, but is not actually the theme of the piece. There's Hope in there too.
We know that perceptions are changing quickly now, despite the slow movement over the decades (see earlier #climatechange post w Twitter link to updated study by Yale's YPCCC). Ppl are changing their minds.
We are not doomed. But we do have to take this seriously, as this piece says well. MORE
I'll post later about Project Drawdown for some uplifting solutions research reading, Google if you're curious. There are caveats about privilege, but there are things we can do, and each one of us can do at least one thing. Probably more.
Also my repeating record scratch plug for Dr. Hayhoe's YouTube series Global Weirding if you want easy to handle, hopeful info.
@Melissa I’m sorry but I am wildly skeptical of anything that begins and ends with “fear will save us”
I’ll try to read the full article but as I agree with fear being useful for an individuals survival, for the collective it can be massively destructive.
Is the article purposing collective action or individual action?
@Ricci you don't have to read it, of course. Don't put yourself through something exhausting. No worries.
@Ricci the author himself has a book & I think he's going the both-and approach. I'm not too concerned about it. Personally, I need people to care, is all, and do whatever they can do - individual or collective.
@Ricci And I think your reaction is wise, Ricci. I was most interested in the description of the "reticence" of the scientific community. He said something like "scientists have felt this way for awhile" and I was like, yes, that is absolutely true. I know many scientists in various stages of existential crisis, and have for nearly a decade now. Esp. w Reps. starting to shift from denial to "realism," meaning "everybody chill out, it's not that bad, the scientists are alarmists."
@Melissa Oh yes, this makes sense.
Scientists have just been yelling into the wilderness for awhile... I can’t imagine feeling like people are starting to get it and then just to have it shift back into politics as usual.
@Melissa It doesn’t stress me out. I just worry about the use of generating fear for the purpose of motivation. I guess in this case fear will happen if people decide to do nothing, to continue not to care.
I keep meeting people who care and I am trying to join them 😊 thank you for caring.
@Melissa I was put off by the word panic, but you are right, it’s not about panicking. I don’t want to panic, I want good solutions 😇
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