Students and professors at Lyndon State College are about to take a trip of a life time. Going to Capital Hill to stand behind and rally for our planet.
But the journey is more than walking and chanting through the streets of Washington.
“Climate scientist and scientist as a whole kind of just been fed up, and had decided that we need to be as loud as we possibly can. Really what is the point of doing the science if nobody is paying attention,” said Janel Hanrahan a professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Lyndon State College.
One of the biggest hurdles for Dr. Hanrahan and her students is communicating the science to the general public.
“All climate scientist experts agree that our climate is changing and humans are the cause. But the general public is not onboard. You ask most people on the streets they will say that they don’t know if humans are causing it,” said Hanrahan.
Nearly 20 individuals will be attending the march on Washington. For most this will be their first. Coming at a critical time, CO2 has reached a new record high.
“We just surpassed 410 ppm (parts per million) of CO2 just the other day,” said student of Atmospheric Sciences Francis Tarasiewicz.
He sees this as an opportunity to protect his future, and the future of the next generation.
“I hope they see that science and organization is stronger than federal policy. That we can rise above the current trends in Washington,” said Tarasiewicz.
“Are goal is to communicate the science to the general public, and to inform them about facts climate chance,” said student of Atmospheric Sciences Celia Fisher.
The students are working on how they can effectively communicate the science into ways the general public can relate to.
“In terms of out climate we have a lot of CO2 in the air. But the temperature isn’t going to immediately respond. It takes a little while. We relate that to an oven, when you preheat it to 400°, it doesn’t immediately warm to 400↑,” said Tarasiewicz.
“If we want to keep moving forward we want to make sure we are leaders in the world. We need to make sure we are following the science and right now we are just not,” said Hanrahan.
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