Climate Change Conference Paris 2015-Day 3-Activist Discussion
July 10, 2015 – And so the climate conference comes to an end. The sessions were very controlled, repeating the mantra that we’re all going to die from global warming unless we all pay craploads of carbon taxes. The Alan Robock talk was a scant ten minutes, and he wouldn’t take my question. When I chimed in “what about the health effects” he refused to address it in the session. My BFF Ken Caldeira had an equally short talk and wouldn’t take my question either. After the session, I asked what he thought of my paper – and he responded by turning his back on me and scurrying away. No matter, what counts is the incredibly positive response I got from my paper. All but a handful of the 700-ish people I gave it to were both curious and eager to read it and people kept coming up to me to thank me for bringing it to them and the conference at large. Sure, plenty of them weren’t convinced that the program had already been deployed, but all agreed it was a very bad idea to spray millions of tons of poison in our skies. They were also shocked at the mortality data – respiratory failure overtaking stroke as the third leading cause of death – and all the questions I was asked were based on science. Good thing I was a physics major.
And once again, my deepest gratitude to everyone who helped get me here – I couldn’t be here without you. I’m also humbled by your kind words and moral support.
Thank you all!