Texas Tech climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe is well-known for her skills as a climate science communicator and educator. Search the internet for her name and you’ll get abundant results, many of them videos, often of talks she has given. (Many are linked on her personal website.)
If you haven’t been keeping up with her series of mostly 9- to 10-minute videos called Global Weirding, it’s time to treat yourself to a good handful of those pieces. Even if you’re well-versed in climate change, you’ll enjoy them and learn from them. They’re smart, informed, and thoughtful; they’re full of great analogies (and cartoon illustrations), metaphors, and examples; they are lively, direct, friendly, clear, and very accessible. The series currently comprises more than 50 videos on a wide range of topics. Here are some to begin with.
- Climate Change and Coronavirus. One of the best and most informative pieces on this subject.
- What’s the Big Deal With a Few Degrees? Exemplary in its clarity about this non-intuitive topic.
- I’m Not a Tree Hugger. You don’t have to be an environmentalist to care about climate change; you just have to care about human life and civilization, since climate touches everything.
- Climate Models. Again, exemplary in its clarity and how it addresses common confusions and mistakes.
- I’m only a kid, I can’t do anything about climate change …. right? More substantive suggestions than usual, with inspiring examples.
Other topics include climate change in Canada and in regions of the U.S., fossil fuels, carbon dioxide, the ozone hole, weather, oceans, hurricanes, wildfires, what the bible says that’s relevant, and much more.
This series is curated and written by retired Colorado State University English professor and close climate change watcher SueEllen Campbell of Colorado. To flag works you think warrant attention, send an e-mail to her any time. Let us hear from you.