This is my first post. It’s hard to express my feelings at the moment, which are split in several different directions. I feel responsibility, warranted or not. The consequences of climate change are so large and dramatic that I feel an obligation to sound the alarm and do what I can to help humanity cope.
I feel genuine apprehension, as well. Do I actually have the ability to blog every day in an interesting way? Will the content of this site resonate with anyone? Will anyone even show up in the first place?
The enormity of climate change also fills me with awe – I stand before it in gaping wonder like the first people to view the Grand Canyon. When you stand in front of something big, it can make you feel awfully small. Climate change science has opened my eyes to the complex beauty of the world and enabled me to take the long view on humanity’s path.
But chiefly I feel excitement, embodied best that phrase “a new chapter begins”. I’m remaking my life; employment, knowledge, priorities, and hopes for the future are all under active revision. This century is going to be a defining one for people. It’s going to be an interesting ride. And like a roller coaster I’m pushing and shoving to get a seat in the front car.