Why Showing Your Personal Side Can Help You Connect with Patients on Climate

By path2positive

Clinicians, nurse practioners, specialists, mental health experts and other health professionals all have distinct roles with the health community. Even within these medical roles, however, each of you bring your own personalities and decision-making strategies to your professions. There are no two identical health care providers. As the Daily Climate reports below, More than Scientists, a project of the Seattle-based Climate Change Education Project, is getting scientists to "step out from behind the data" and show their personal sides as musicians, artists and parents, just to name a few. Health professionals can use personal strategies like these when discussing climate change with their patients and within their institutions. As ecoAmerica's research has shown, successful communication on climate change requires we consider our audience. Climate for Health encourages health professionals like you to join us and find ways of making climate action your own.

"More Than Scientists" seeks to show human side of climate experts.

The Daily Climate

By Marianne Lavelle I March 16, 2015 

Advocates for climate action have been trying for some time to emphasize the human side of climate change. A new campaign launching today goes one better: It seeks to show a glimpse of the essential humanity of climate scientists.

Dozens of climate scientists tell their stories—their hopes for the future, and their fears—in more than 200 brief videos that have been put together by the More Than Scientists project. By "stepping out from behind the data" to share their stories as musicians, artists, hikers, and parents, the scientists hope to inspire people to get more involved in pushing for deployment of solutions, said a prepared statement by the group.

"Making personal decisions is really important, but that's not going to be enough," says Dargan Frierson, associate professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington, in a video where he is who is shown playing mandolin on campus and talking about his feelings as an expectant father in a warming world. "Another thing we really have got to do is talk to our politicians, to make sure there's some legislative change."

More than Scientists is a project of the Seattle-based Climate Change Education Project and its founder, Eric Michelman, a technology whiz who is credited with inventing the mouse click wheel, and a devoted climate activist. Michelman said in a prepared statement that the idea of the campaign is to "make a better connection between the scientists and the people that need to hear their message."

In a year that will be a pivotal year one for negotiations on a new climate treaty, many scientists expect a ramp-up in personal attacks. Michelman's project seeks to head off attempts to caricature the motivations of climate scientists and their work.

“We want the public to meet the people behind the science and understand why they care about the world we’re leaving to our kids and grandkids,” he said in the group's press release.

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