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Climate Scientists Grieve the Planet

Climate scientists write letters of grief

While many of us remain blind to the climate crisis, imagine how the climate scientists feel…

Mourning Our Planet: Climate Scientists Share Their Grieving Process

Last year I wrote about the work of Joanna Macy, a scholar of Buddhism, eco-philosophy, general systems theory and deep ecology, and author of more than a dozen books. Her initiative, The Work That Reconnects, helps people essentially do nothing more mysterious than telling the truth about what we see, know and feel is happening to our world.

‘In order to remain able to continue in our work, we first must feel the full pain of what is being done to the world,’ according to Macy. ‘Refusing to feel pain, and becoming incapable of feeling the pain, which is actually the root meaning of apathy, refusal to suffer – that makes us stupid, and half alive,’ she told me. ‘It causes us to become blind to see what is really out there.’

I recently came across a blog titled, Is This How You Feel? It is an extraordinary compilation of handwritten letters from highly credentialed climate scientists and researchers sharing their myriad feelings about what they are seeing.

— Dahr Jamail, Truthout 

Again, here is the link to This is How Scientists Feel. Please share how you feel about the climate crisis.


About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


  • Rebecca Solnit has some wonderful essays about the state of our planet in her book “Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness”. She notes how governments seem much more concerned with property (and the money it represents) than people. And that people need to take their power back and make life, not economics, count most. Can we do it?

  • Professor Bradshaw’s remarks were powerful:
    Public indifference and individual short-sightedness aside, I am furious that politicians like Abbott and his anti-environment henchman are stealing the future from my daughter, and laughing about it while they line their pockets with the figurative gold proffered by the fossil-fuel industry. Whether it is sheer stupidity, greed, deliberate dishonesty or all three, the outcome is the same – destruction of the environmental life-support system that keeps us all alive and prosperous. Climates change, but the rapidity with which we are disrupting the current climate on top of the already heavily compromised environmental health of the planet makes the situation dire.

    My frustration with these greedy, lying bastards is personal. Human-caused climate disruption is not a belief – it is one of the best-studied phenomena on Earth. Even a half-wit can understand this. As any father would, anyone threatening my family will by on the receiving end of my ire and vengeance. This anger is the manifestation of my deep love for my daughter, and the sadness I feel in my core about how others are treating her future.

    Mark my words, you plutocrats, denialists, fossil-fuel hacks and science charlatans – your time will come when you will be backed against the wall by the full wrath of billions who have suffered from your greed and stupidity, and I’ll be first in line to put you there.

    Professor Corey Bradshaw
    Director of Ecological Modelling
    The University of Adelaide

  • I feel so sad that so many are burying their heads in the sand hoping it is all going away.. Planet Earth will rise again of that I am sure.. As for the Human race.. Well now thats another story! 🙁

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