This guy in the plaid shirt has created an uproar for being too scary. David Wallace-Wells wrote the July New York Magazine cover story “The Uninhabitable Earth.”  It fast became the magazine’s most-viewed article ever. Six million views last he checked. It lays out the terrifying, worst case scenario for global warming. “It is, I promise, worse than you think…No matter how well-informed you are, you are surely not alarmed enough.” I will admit, I couldn’t read it at first and finally just did. Gulp. Sun that cooks us, the end of food, unbreathable air, perpetual war, economic collapse, poisoned oceans… Exactly everything we are not supposed to talk about to engage people on climate issues. At the Fear and Hope in the Climate Conversation talk hosted by the Climate Museum, he addressed why he wrote this controversial doomsday piece. He saw a need to explore the big picture for a general audience. On top of that, “Scientists follow the principle of least drama, they don’t illustrate how bad things can get.” As the conversation unfolded, panelists agreed fear can be a helpful emotion, coupled with a sense of agency. We must turn fear to outrage and action. As an admitted climate issue novice, Wallace-Wells said writing the piece actually made him feel more hopeful. “We engineered this problem and we have the ingenuity to find our way out.” Right now we are witnessing utter devastation around the world, what will it take to shake our complacency? Read Wallace-Wells’s epic piece, the annotated version, and an interesting counter piece from Mashable’s climate journalist Andrew Freedman: No, New York Mag: Climate change won’t make the Earth uninhabitable by 2100 (heard Freedman speak the night before).  Also, excited to take part in the Climate Museum‘s inaugural event, looking forward to more.  #ClimateWeek #climatemuseum #CWNYC

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