Chloe Maxmin began climate activism at the age of 12. She formed a Climate Action Club in high school. Later, as a college student, she co-founded Divest Harvard, to persuade Harvard University to divest its endowment from fossil fuels. And she founded First Here, Then Everywhere for youth climate activists.
Back in 1836, Houston said to Travis
“Get some volunteers and go, Fortify the Alamo.”
Well the men came from Texas, And from old Tennessee
And they joined up with Travis, Just to fight for the right to be free.
Those who defended the Alamo didn’t fight for their own freedom; they were free already. They fought for the right to be, for the right of others to be free. They died for that right.
The WUWT blog has recently had a spate of posts about Pacific Island Nations and the threat of sea level rise. Their common themes are that the threat is overstated, that the Island Nations are trying to swindle us out of money on false pretenses, and any data which show that there is a problem can’t be right. The level of “scholarship” in these posts is perhaps best illustrated by one about the current president of Kiribati, which had to add an “update” after it was published because when he wrote the post, the author didn’t know who the current president of Kiribati is.
I’d rather know what’s really happening with Pacific Island Nations and sea level rise.
We’ve been there, most of us. Thanksgiving dinner, lots of family including many you don’t see very often, and at some point somebody says something so terrible, you feel like you have to respond. Maybe it’s about global warming, and you’re a young climate activist (thank you!). Here’s my advice.
Yes, you do have a voice and you do have power — but only if you use it.
If you don’t, the world you grow up in will be a terrible place. If you do, there is no limit to what you can accomplish.
Don’t save the world for me, or any of us old folks. Do it for yourselves. I’ll do what I can to help … but don’t count on “adults” getting it right. We’re the ones who screwed it up.
After my last post, a reader asked:
What’s most noticeable about this is the massive change in variability since 2007. Could you do some analysis of that?
A fascinating post by Ron Clutz shows how so-called “skeptics” of global warming misuse data, and how they show it.