You, the young, are the hope of the world.

You can do so much more than we, the old. You will face so much more danger than we will. We were warned, decades ago, but we haven’t done enough, and today we are the biggest obstacle to making things better. You, the young, will pay a heavy price for the faults of us, the old.

Although I’ve been trying to change things, my feeble efforts have had limited success. But there’s one group of people who inspire me with so much hope it makes me optimistic. You. The young.

I’m not too old to help. I think what I can do best is share with you my knowledge of some of the science. That’s why I’m launching this effort. ClimateYES means Youth Education in Science.

I’ll post about the science, sometimes the basics, sometimes more complicated things, about the causes and the effects. I’ll talk about what we know and what we don’t know. I’ll talk about where we are, where we’re headed, and how we can change the path we’re on.

I won’t over-simplify to make things easier. I won’t over-complicate to make things harder. I’ll keep it real.

Make no mistake about it, science can sometimes be hard. Some of the things that will help you are complex. It’s work. Hard work. Believe in yourself, in your intelligence, in your ability, because you can do this. I won’t give “homework assignments” or a “pop quiz” — but you will be tested. Not by me, by the future.

This isn’t about how you get your own group organized, or how you get through to elected officials, or how you make your own lifestyle climate-friendly. I may mention them from time to time, but I don’t have the knowledge to answer those questions. I can help you learn more about the science.

The more you know, the more you can do. The more you can separate the scientific truth from the climate denial that the fossil fuel industry and politicians use to paralyze people. The more you can persuade your friends, your family, your neighbors, to help. When you talk, show ’em that you have so much knowledge, such deep knowledge, so much genuine expertise, they’ll be impressed. They’ll be flabbergasted — by how knowledgeable you are.

You can do even more with knowledge. You are the scientists and engineers of the future, the near future. You are the elected politicians of the future. You are the homeowners, the workforce, even the parents of the future. You are the voters of the very near future.

The world may seem beyond your control, too entrenched in the ways of the old, you might think you have too little impact to make change. The challenge may seem daunting, too much to handle. Don’t underestimate yourselves.

You have the power. Seize it. Use it wisely.


10 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Young folks interested in the science will benefit greatly from Tamino’s knowledge and style of communication. Thanks for starting this blog.

    [Response: Maybe some old folks too. And I’ll probably learn a thing or two (or a million) myself.]

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  2. Nick Vrydenberger

    Tamino –

    Resources for students are great, but be aware that many teachers, especially in elementary and middle schools, have very little science background, and often feel uncomfortable teaching science topics. Resources for teachers have a bigger effect than resources for students, as each teacher reaches dozens of students, including the overwhelming majority that will never see even a great educational website. Teachers always welcome materials that aid their understanding and that can be used in preparing class plans. Several years ago I prepared a presentation for teachers that reviews the basic science of climate change and climate data. Our project funding ended, and we lost contact with the educational administrators we had been working with, which taught me another lesson. To educate teachers, and students, on climate change requires close cooperation with community and state educational administrators (teachers have very little say in the curriculum in most communities).


  3. I should probably clarify what I mean by “young.”

    That includes a lot, including young adults. As far as students are concerned, I’m definitely not looking to the elementary-school level, I’m looking for middle-school/high school/college, even graduate students.

    I have a very high opinion of the abilities of bright middle school/high school students. I won’t underestimate them or “dumb down” anything for them. If anything, I intend to challenge. I think they’re up to it.

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  4. You can do so much more than we, the old. You will face so much more danger than we will. We were warned, decades ago, but we haven’t done enough, and today we are the biggest obstacle to making things better. You, the young, will pay a heavy price for the faults of us, the old.

    Oh, the bitter truth of that observation!


    [Response: Sorry to remove a valuable (even important) part of your comment. But one of my goals is to create a space with laser-focus on the science, not the politics or policy. There’s more than enough of that in other places on the internet.]


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