Climate change: two simple words that can evoke a number of emotions. Some emotions can be negative: fear, uncertainty, overwhelmed. But on occasion, like during the recent IPCC Meeting in Paris, the words can inspire hope and optimism, as the entire world aspires to address pollution and adapt to environmental change.
But how do scientists feel about climate change? After all, these are people who have dedicated their lives to studying the causes and impacts of this threat. The website Is This How You Feel allows scientists the ability to give the public their own personal points of view of climate change, beyond the science. Some of the letters show scientists who are discouraged, frustrated, and sad. Some letters show optimism and confidence that the world can and will come together to reduce emissions and adapt. Most letters show some mixture of optimism and doubt, but one thing is certain: all of the letters show concern.
The very personal words of the scientists are revealing and motivating in the face of a complex and sometimes overwhelming threat. Feeling motivated? Write your own letter here.
Want more inspiration on climate change? Al Gore’s recent Ted Talk, The Case for Optimism on Climate Change, provides motivation in the face of challenge.