I’m Thankful for Climate Scientists. How About You?

What are you thankful for?

To be more precise, what are climate hawks thankful for?

It’s been another tough year for climate hawks, which is all the more reason to focus for one day on the positive things.

I am thankful for climate scientists, who toil away for long hours away from their family, sometimes in the most inhospitable parts of the world, for not much money (sorry disinformers) — and do so thanklessly, indeed they do so in the face of anti-science cyber-bullying and hostility from sorry-ass disinformers — all in a desperate attempt to avert the gravest of human tragedies.  They are like the hero of Henrik Ibsen’s classic An Enemy of the People — which someone should definitely modernize into a climate science parable.

Anyway, what are you climate hawks thankful for today (aside from not being turkeys)?

32 Responses to I’m Thankful for Climate Scientists. How About You?

  1. Leif says:

    Occupy Wall Street, 350, and all the other tireless organizations and the energized supporters the world over of a sustainable, just civilization.

    Two Palms Up,


  2. dan allen says:

    Derrick Jensen’s books and what remains of the living earth

  3. Dennis Tomlinson says:

    I am thankful for this blog, for Joe’s hard work and diligence, and for the myriad of helpful, informative and occasionally humorous commentators. With all of you I’d like to share an experience I had yesterday…
    I had lunch with a long time friend and associate – a gent with whom I’ve worked on numerous projects in the last 30 years. Most of the time was consumed with a discussion of a project we’ve been working on for a little over a year. Near the end, as we were settling up on the bill and the tip I brought up CO2, methane, climate change, recent severe weather events, Pentagon and CIA studies, etc. My friend is rather technical – proud to be called a “power rat”, one of the best power circuit designers around, in fact. He understands, as do I, at an engineer’s level how all the chemistry and physics of climate change works. He is by no means a denier or a doubter, but he is somewhat of a ostrich on the subject. He seems to prefer to not face what he knows is coming. He even commented that I seemed to be “into” some rather dark themes lately.
    I share this with you because my friend is, IMHO, representative of many folks who are not deniers, but prefer non involvement.

  4. Mike Roddy says:

    I’m grateful to journalists who step up. Dave Roberts, Seth Borenstein, and Margot Roosevelt come to mind. Dave writes one excellent piece after another for Grist, an organ that does not pay well. Margot wrote the best climate pieces you could find in a major newspaper for the Los Angeles Times, and it got her fired. Seth is a dogged investigative reporter who digs deep into issues for the Associated Press. These reporters’ articles are often inspiring, and their financial and professional rewards are even less than what a climate scientist can expect.

    And while we’re at it, let’s say thanks to Joe, Eli, John Cook, Gavin, and Tim, all brave and brilliant bloggers, who do it for little or no money.

  5. Peter says:

    The battered but resolute push for sustainability in our lives and society.

    Lets hope it prevails..

  6. I’m thankful for the outwardly focused people who work to make the world a better place. Be it Was Jackson and The Land Institute working to bring us perennial agriculture, Muhammad Yunus’ Grameen Foundation bringing opportunity and dignity to the bottom of the pyramid, or Naomi Klein & Matt Taibbi shining a light on the corruption of our financial systems, I’m thankful for everyone who sticks their neck out and keeps fighting for a better world. More importantly, I’m thankful for those who go unrecognized for their efforts to change a city, a neighborhood, a life.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. prokaryotes says:

    Im thankful for the people who help us to get off of fossil fuels (the main culprit).

    This is a story about addiction and each addiction can be considered an illness. Though let’s cure the illness and hope there is enough left to prosper as one human race, rather than each one on it’s own.

    And this requires a change from past long term commitments and paradigmen shifts of society. Nothing less is required to combat the looming extinction threat of the human race.

    Abstinence! Nothing else offers a cure of this deadly addiction called fossil energy.

    We have to put back what the earth and natural carbon cycle took millions of years to sequester!

  8. Peter Mizla says:

    thankful to science

    thanks to my mother who loved the natural sciences-

    glad and thankful I know so much today through curiosity and thinking

    thankful I am here

  9. Leif says:

    It will not be a fast or easy task prokaryotes, as you well know, but it will be cheep by and realistic value one can measure.

  10. catman306 says:

    I’m thankful for the Occupy Movement that has reawakened America from 30 years of dreaming in mass hypnosis. Occupy is informing them as to just who been hypnotizing them and why. They’ll be quite hungry when they are fully awake. Hope we can feed them all.

  11. I’m thankful for momentum. At the dawn of 2011, my sustainability related business felt more like a vow of poverty and like so many others I felt my warnings that the house was on fire were perpetually falling on deaf ears. This year I’ve done a lecture series at a local university, a a string of radio appearances, lunch and learns at my farmer’s market, performed at large local public events, created online comics read by nearly a million people, and premiered a seven part documentary musical on sustainability at a local fringe festival, which I am now filming. At every step of the way I’ve connected with growing numbers of intelligent, dedicated people who also see the writing on the wall and are determined to work for positive sustainable change on the grassroots local level, which is ultimately all we’re going to be left with once peak oil reminds us that the world isn’t small after all. Bill McKibben and, your excellent blog here (kudos) and others, Peak Oil shrink Kathy McMahon, and many millions of Occupy protesters around the globe all add to my determination to help steer away from the disaster we’re racing towards and reaffirm my occasionally shaky faith in human nature and belief that I’m not alone. Thank you all. If Occupy can bring social and financial inequity from silent shadows into a topic of open public discussion in a couple of short months, I see no reason ecological reality can’t get the same treatment next year, and then we’d have a real chance at a future I wouldn’t have believed possible a year ago. Delaying the Keystone XL seems insignificant when we look at total emissions increases, but it’s a sign of real traction, and an inch of movement in the right direction. All we need is to keep generating more momentum, and we may have a fighting chance.

  12. Raul M. says:

    just guessing,
    Climate hawks are thankful of some who don’t know but do believe them for their efforts to teach and tell.

  13. David Smith says:

    I’m thankful for the Occupy Wall Street movement and the inspiration it is giving others to act on important issues including those that ultimately impact our collective response to Global warming.

  14. Jacob says:

    Yes, I too am thankful for Climate Scientists, and equally thankful to all those who effort to inform people about our planet–like those involved in making this site happen. You are beacons of light in the growing darkness of our times.

  15. Ernest says:

    I’m thankful for OWS. This was the big surprise of the year. For awhile, I thought there was no hope, after the 2010 elections, and everything would be dominated by the Tea Party. But I see there’s a generation ready to be awaken, the Millennials. There yet may be hope (though longer term) for our political system. And related to this, the ability to collectively deal with climate change.

    And, of course, I am thankful to the Climate Scientists, whose first duty is to speak the truth, as evidence and science tells it, even if it falls on deaf ears.

  16. Susan Anderson says:

    I’m thankful for humor, song, poetry, and all creative communications that alleviate the darkness and possibly reach over the footlights of the Roman Circus.

    I’m especially thankful for all of you, the tireless brilliant workers who keep all the news that’s fit to print front and center, and the commenters who enhance the hard work.

  17. Colorado Bob says:

    I’m Thankful for my mother’s 27 year-old greenhouse. and how she always indulged me.

  18. Colorado Bob says:

    I have one of the coolest greenhouses in America. Ir’s a mess, but it’s all mine.

  19. prokaryotes says:


    …officials confirmed on Thursday that the US, backed by Saudi Arabia, has still not agreed to adopt a blueprint for the Green Climate Fund. The fund is one of the few measures to emerge from seven years of talks on how countries should share the burden of cutting greenhouse gas emissions, which risk raising global temperatures to dangerous levels.

  20. Gail Zawacki says:

    I’m thankful that foresters, ecologists and scientists are finally acknowledging that trees are, in fact, dying all over the world (which is obvious if you just look at them). Now, if the “experts” could just manage to face reality, which is that vegetation is suffocating… strangling…from the poisonous pollution they absorb, maybe we could identify the problem – emissions from burning fuel – and come to grips with the reality that we have to STOP before it’s impossible to grow enough crops to feed even the 1%.

  21. I’m thankful for all the climate warriors who have come together to support each other and who have worked tirelessly to get the message out.

    We’re all in this together, and without climate warriors this journey would be nearly overwhelming.

    I’m also thankful for the awakening of the 99% — this awakening is finally a light in the darkness — may it shine forever!

  22. David B. Benson says:

    I*’m thankful for horses. We’ll need lots of them soon.

  23. nyc-tornado10 says:

    Ows has been successful beyond anyone’s ability to forsee, the nature of the debate in the country is very different now, compared to what it was a few months ago.

    I am also thankful for the rapid drop in solar pv prices. I checked my inverter, it can handle another 2 panels, and at the current prices, it pays to expand. I hope to have them mounted by new years.

  24. David B. Benson says:

    Also the latest CRUhack e-mail release seems to have been greeted with a yawn; far better than last time.

    And possibly people will actually pay attention to the latest IPCC document, at least the rainfall part after the actual, physical events of the past two years in the USA.

  25. twrl33 says:

    I’m grateful for all people who seek the better aspects of being human, described here by the poet G.P.Cavafy:


    He who hopes to grow in spirit
    will have to transcend obedience and respect.
    He’ll hold to some laws
    but he’ll mostly violate
    both law and custom, and go beyond
    the established, inadequate norm.
    He won’t be afraid of the destructive act:
    half the house will have to come down.
    This way he’ll grow virtuously into wisdom.

  26. J Bowers says:

    Leaked climate emails force carbon dioxide to resign

    CARBON dioxide has resigned from being a gas, it has been confirmed.

    The move came after a fresh batch of leaked emails between climate scientists showed that CO2 had been lying about what it is and what it does.

    According to one of the emails, sent by Julian Cook, a researcher at the University of East Anglia, carbon dioxide had got drunk and admitted it had made the whole thing up.

    Cook adds: “He says he’s not even a gas, never mind a greenhouse gas. He says his name’s Brian and he used to work for Kwik Fit in Norwich.

    “He says his application to UEA was turned down ‘because he doesn’t talk all posh’ and he’s done all of this just to embarrass us.

    “What are we going to do???????”

    But Professor Steve Jones replied: “For Christ’s sake don’t tell the press. In the meantime we have to go back to our notes and work out what in the name of xxxx has been coming out of engines and power stations in ever increasing quantities for the last 150 years.

    “Then we have to see if this thing traps heat in the atmosphere in the same way that Brian did.”

    Martin Bishop, who has a PhD in blogging from Delingpole University, said: “At least carbon dioxide has finally owned up. Hopefully David Attenborough will now have the decency to stop machine-gunning my children into a pit.”

    Meanwhile, carbon and oxygen, the gas’s constituent parts, have been suspended from the periodic table of elements pending the outcome of a high-level inquiry.

    The chief medical officer is to issue guidelines for people who want to keep breathing and have bodies.

  27. Anne says:

    This post raises a good point: do climate scientists FEEL appreciated? It’s gotta be a tough job — difficult enough to study in detail every day how the Earth is slowly being “cooked” and how its climate system being torqued by GHG emissions. Then to be continually accused of falsifying data and exaggerating the interpretation, accused of being greed-driven in attracting public funding, accused of scientific corruption – there need to be more of us expressing our appreciation and gratitude directly to scientists seeking the true nature of things. The work itself is rewarding, to be certain, but to have actual reminders that the work is valued and appreciated would also be a good thing.

  28. Tim says:

    On the other hand, climate scientists are getting an increasing level of attention support from their colleagues in other disciplines. In a meeting last week involving my university’s core curriculum, the business and liberal arts representatives asked what might we consider changing in what we (the natural scientists) might include in the core for their majors. What emerged was a lot of views that we need to equip citizens with the tools for evaluating scientic issues in the public domain. At the top of list of examples, of course, is how do we make it clear that global warming is not a hoax and, more generally, how to make students able to distinguish science from propaganda.

    Every chance I get, I make it clear to laymen that we ARE thankful to climate scientists and that the climate denial media machine are scumbag propagandists.

  29. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Another success for Obama and the ‘Hope Fiends’!

  30. prokaryotes says:

    Haa Haa :D

  31. kiwichick says:

    julia gilliard , prime minister of australia

    bob brown , leader of the green party of australia

    australian politians who voted to put a price on co2 emissions @ $23/tonne from 1 july 2012

    voters in new zealand who yesterday voted in 13 mp’s to new zealands parliament

    the nz green party got 10.6% of the vote , the first time their vote has exceeded 10%

    it is also the first time they have had more than 9 mp’s

  32. kiwichick says:

    also regarding the kiwi election a pre election survey had 53% of 1st time voters (18-20 years) supporting the greens

    the tide is turning