Some chunk of my brain is convinced that if I and other science communicators can just do a good enough job of presenting the facts about Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW), everyone will come to understand the problem, we’ll fix it and stand around singing Nickelback’s “If Today Were Your Last Day.”
I was wrong.
I even know that. I read those studies when they first came out. I accepted the findings–in my head. But on an emotional level, I thought “Maybe if I can just do a good enough job of explaining things to people, I can change people’s minds.”
As I sit here writing this, the irony is whacking me repeatedly over the head. I can’t accept the fact that people can’t accept the facts.
I’m glad I don’t call other people fools or idiots (1) because right now I feel like a fool and an idiot and I would have to call myself one.
I’m still going to discuss the science, because it’s fun. But, as Adam Corner points out,
The challenge when the IPCC report appears, then, (2) is not to simply crank up the volume on the facts. Instead, we must use the report as the beginning of a series of conversations about climate change – conversations that start from people’s values and work back from there to the science. (3)
So maybe I can start some discussions. I think I’ve got at least one good question to ask.
And I need to learn to accept facts myself. It’s funny, because even now, my brain is screaming “But…but…but…” I wonder if that’s how the tug pulling Pittsburgh’s 40 ft high rubber duck sounded? (4)
- “But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.”–Jesus in Matthew 5:22 [↩]
- (His article was published before the latest IPCC report, which is currently out [↩]
- “Climate Science: Why the World Won’t Listen–Adam Corner in New Scientist 26 September 2013 [↩]
- I also use the English system of units almost exclusively. I’m already having one existential crisis. I’ll deal with my lack of metricization some other day, along with figuring out whether “metricization” is a real word. [↩]