Here’s the biggest question with our climate crisis: how do you react to an impending apocalypse when the news you hear is controversial and often contradictory?
Certain factions in our society have begun to shoot down the messenger, a tactic that can never bode well for the future of a civilization. Some have simply chosen to ignore the problem until we absolutely have to deal with it.
Well, now we have to deal with it. Extreme weather conditions have created such a frenzy that nothing seems normal anymore. This year we have seen cataclysmic floods in Pakistan, record heat in the southwestern United States, and droughts in China that dried up parts of the Yangtze. The heat waves here in Los Angeles were so scorching that our power grid was overwhelmed to the point of blackouts.
Most climate-related news reads like a harbinger of the apocalypse, which can often cause people to ignore the issue and not talk about it.
Even if we are heading towards this scenario, I do not believe that we will actually get there. We still have many ways to solve the climate crisis. Millions of people believe their efforts can make a difference and are taking individual action to save our planet, just like the founder of Patagonia, who recently sold his company to fight climate change. If we all come together and fight this crisis collectively, I believe we can achieve a sustainable society.
At the Earth Desk, we’re researching better ways to tell climate stories, and so we decided to tell stories about the people at the center of this crisis, which means these are stories about all of us. Because each of us is affected by this crisis, whether we are aware of it or not.
Our goal is to implement a multimedia approach to our storytelling, so that every member of our audience has something to connect with. So here’s what you can expect in the future:
An Earth newsletter that appears in your email once a week to keep you up to date on the latest climate events around the world;
Explainer articles and shows to answer some of the questions you have about the climate crisis, but never knew how to ask;
And stories from USC, Los Angeles and beyond. Stories about sustainability, politics, the planet and its people.
We want to educate people about the climate crisis so that none of us feel alone or scared, so we need more stories about resilience and willpower that inspire more people and communities to take action against climate change. We may not have the ultimate answer on how to solve the climate crisis, but we will raise all those small ideas that lead to bigger change.
If you think you have a story to tell, we invite you to be part of the Earth office. All the climate stories are needed, and we need to start telling them now.