Warming Up To Thanksgiving: Please Tweet #ClimateThanks

Not everyone can afford this. CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK
Not everyone can afford this. CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK

This Thanksgiving season, the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication wants you to tweet out some gratitude via the hashtag #ClimateThanks:

Please Tweet #ClimateThanks and help us raise awareness about the amazing things people are doing and build a stronger sense of solidarity among the far-flung climate community.

More than 1,000 people and organizations have lent their voices to the #ClimateThanks chorus so far, reaching millions.

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 because they have devoted their lives to averting the gravest of human tragedies. They are like the hero of Henrik Ibsen’s classic An Enemy of the People — which someone should modernize into a climate science parable.


And I’m very thankful for our readers and the 100,000 people (!) who now follow us on Twitter and Facebook who have made Climate Progress the most followed climate website in the world (which will be the subject of a later post).

Yale lists some examples of what folks have already given #ClimateThanks for:

  • The hundreds of climate scientists who are volunteering thousands of unpaid hours writing the latest@IPCC_CH report.
  • Senator Sheldon Whitehouse @SenWhitehouse for advocating climate science in the U.S. Senate
  • Interfaith Power & Light for engaging hundreds of faith communities in climate solutions
  • The development of Protected Bike Lanes and the growing number of cities installing them to encourage low carbon transport @peopleforbikes

Yale notes that “If you’re thanking an organization or a person with a social media presence, let them know about your gratitude by including their twitter handle (@ipcc_ch, for example). If you’d like to highlight an example of their great work, include a shortened url to their website, recent article etc.”

You can give #ClimateThanks by clicking here.