Climate change is so often intangible. It feels like a thing of the future, or a thing on the news happening to someone else. It feels like the night sky – expansive, opaque, incomprehensible. Something for someone else to understand. Intimidating and scary if you actually stop to think about it. Easy to ignore.
I get it. I have spent my career studying Earth’s climate and I still understand how overwhelming, and frankly, inconvenient climate change is. But as a climate scientist, I have privilege I want to share with you. I have access to cutting-edge research and science that you don’t, and I have the experience to know when media outlets are reporting bogus science. I have the privilege of time. I get paid, all day and everyday, to think, read, and write about climate change. You, of course, have your own job and time commitments. I also have the benefit of passion. Fixing climate change is my passion but it’s probably not yours, and that’s okay.
Like all big problems though, climate change can’t be fixed by the efforts of a few people like me. It has to come from you too. So, I want to use my privilege to make fixing climate change easier for you. That’s the goal of this blog. I want to do all the hard work for you. I want this to be a one-stop-shop for information, perspectives, and solutions. Every week Im going to tackle one new topic, big or small, and I’ll tell you what you can do about it. If there is a product recommendation, know upfront that I have no sponsorships.
I fundamentally believe that change by individual people, when done en masse, can turn the tide of climate warming. Look what can happen… since European countries started charging for plastic bags at major stores, people began to bring their own, reusable bags. Now there has been a 30% drop in the number of bags found off the coast of western Europe. That’s change. And thats just the start of what we can do.
I’ll leave you with this for now: when thinking about climate change, vote with your dollar, and vote with your vote.
October 30th, 2018