More than Scientists
If there is any debate that scientists are still debating climate change, it stops here with a video campaign “More Than Scientists” launched today by MoreThanScientists.org. In an unprecedented collaboration between climate scientists, advocacy organizations and the public, More Than Scientists sources the real life stories and personal views of scientists on the frontlines of climate research.
Video Campaign Launch
The campaign launch includes a series of more than 200 short videos created by dozens of climate scientists from around the world who talk about the personal concerns that scientific facts and figures have led them to. They talk about the potential impact of climate change on their families, their communities and the environment, with the hope that this will spur people into taking action.
The videos invite viewers to meet scientists as ordinary people who could be your neighbors, people like LuAnne Thompson, professor of oceanography at the University of Washington, who says,
I do Have Hope for the Future
“I do have hope for the future. And that is because I work with undergraduates and graduate students all the time. I see my daughter and her friends and they have immense energy for making positive changes in the future. We have to make changes now that will allow them to bring their ingenuity, their talent and their drive to build a better future. I am making this video as a mother and as someone who has hope for the future.”
The campaign includes videos from climate scientists at leading universities such as MIT, the University of Washington and Harvard, and up and coming PhD candidates like Erika Navarro whose work in atmospheric studies, it’s all about hurricanes and it’s personal. There is no doubt that hurricanes pose a threat to the dive, resort and travel industries.
Erika has been fascinated by hurricanes since she was a kid, and when Hurricane Sandy came and obliterated her childhood hangouts, it also clarified her mission. “I study this because I care, and I want people to know that (another Hurricane Sandy) is a possibility.”
MoreThanScientists.org invites scientists from all over the world to contribute their own videos, offering a tool for scientists to upload them and also invites non-scientist viewers to take action by providing links for citizens to get involved.
We now know that 97 percent of scientists agree: climate change is real and it’s driven by human activity. But well-funded groups with slick public relations campaigns often manage to get the media to frame climate change as a “two equal sides” issue. MoreThanScientists.org speaks for the 97 per cent.
David McGee, assistant professor of Paleoclimate at MIT, sums it up perfectly. “The big picture is very clear. The climate is changing, humans are doing things that are causing the climate to change and we have the power to stop that.”