Monday June 4th… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing post will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials)😊. Here is today’s main climate change related hot topic:
Encouragement and Caring
Today I noted that several people following the climate issue were encouraging others to keep fighting the good fight in a very human, emotional manner. Often we as scientists or writers come off as elitists, dishing out information in a very sterile way, detached from emotion like Mr. Spock. Sometimes we need to look in the mirror and realize that what we are doing, particularly on the climate issue, is for all mankind, not just for those in our own little logical enclave patting each other on the back for knowing more than most. On this post I’m just going to relate some comments by those who are truly frightened by global warming and are trusting that scientists will win the day in this political environment. It’s time for us Spocks to break a smile or perhaps shed a tear.
Some scientists like Dr. Michael Mann and Dr. Katherine Hayhoe get it, communicating their thoughts in a very relatable manner on social media. For others communication is much harder. After all, we are all human including scientists. In my case writing in a way that people know I am empathizing with them instead of wagging my finger preaching can be tough. I do have a wickedly sarcastic side.😉 All of us knowing the potential of what may happen due to carbon pollution need to bring as many people as possible into the fold of truth, not turn some off because we are perceived as know it all elitists. Sometimes we may come across as too harsh, scaring people to inaction making them throw up their hands in dismay. Sometimes we might not be getting angry enough lulling some to inaction. We are all trying to proverbially walk a tight wire, balancing information on our heavy, responsible shoulders communicating in such a way that people will emotionally react in the best manner to handle the climate crisis.
Here are some of the messages I saw today:
Many do people care, this is true. But many of those who do feel helpless and quietly terrified, thus they turn away. This is why we need to work together to spread info and show people they have a voice, must take action, and CAN take action in small and large ways.
People do care. In fact a large majority of people care, and support action to reduce carbon emissions :-). Those who don’t are very loud, greedy, and currently have political control in the U.S.
Also, the fact that there are 100 things right there in pretty images with relevant impact calculations too very much helps and creates discussion. So that folks can compare different actions! Big ones are 1st!
That’s about all of my diatribe for today, which I hope most find to be positive and uplifting.
I’m not quite ready to declare that heat wave or heat episode #3 for this season is about to occur due to the lack of NWS advisories across the U.S., but Tuesdays’ highs will start to get well above 90F in the western Plains and near 110 in the desert Southwest:
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