Dear Climate Change Deniers, Scientists Have Feelings Too
How do climate scientists feel when they’re ignored? Pretty crummy, as one blog that collects handwritten missives from the forlorn experts makes clear.
Is This How You Feel? receives letters from climate scientists spilling their guts about our lack of action and, worse, some people’s denial that there’s a problem at all. The blog also welcomes letters from everybody else.
Anthony Richardson, a climate change ecologist and an associate professor at the University of Queensland, wrote:
How climate change makes me feel.
I feel a maelstrom of emotions
I am exasperated. Exasperated no one is listening.
I am frustrated. Frustrated we are not solving the problem.
I am anxious. Anxious that we start acting now.
I am perplexed. Perplexed that the urgency is not appreciated.
I am dumbfounded. Dumbfounded by our inaction.
I am distressed. Distressed we are changing our planet.
I am upset. Upset for what our inaction will mean for all life.
I am annoyed. Annoyed with the media’s portrayal of the science.
I am angry. Angry that vested interests bias the debate.
I am infuriated. Infuriated we are destroying our planet.
But most of all I am apprehensive. Apprehensive about our children’s future.
Joe Duggan, who isn’t a climate scientist, started the blog to show that scientists “aren’t nameless, faceless boffins.” He notes that researchers, a majority of whom assert that global warming is real, have devoted their lives to studying and understanding climate change. Our part? Believe what they say and take action.
Sure, the U.S. government has imposed carbon emission limits on power plants, and electric car purveyor Elon Musk seems to come up with another solution every few weeks. As climate change threatens our favorite hazelnut spread and our hard liquor, we drive a little less and walk more. But as these exasperated scientists point out, a lot more of us need to act. Sea otters are doing it.