Researchers included in the project include high profile climate scientists such as Andy Pitman, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, and Climate Council members Will Steffen and Lesley Hughes. They write with passion and heartfelt emotion.Is This How You Feel? is an exhibition containing hand written letters from Australia’s leading climate researchers. The letters outline how each scientist feels about climate change. They are passionate, heartfelt and at times quite raw.
Associate Professor Katrin Meissner from the University of New South Wales voices the need for action. “I see a group of people sitting in a boat, happily waving, taking pictures on the way, not knowing that this boat is floating right into a powerful and deadly waterfall. It is still time to pull out of the stream. We might lose some boat equipment but we might be able to save the people in the boat. But no one acts. Time is running out.”
Is This How You Feel? provides another avenue for us to relate to the huge issue that is climate change. So many people have ‘climate fatigue’, they get bombarded with data, statistics and figures so often that they just aren’t caring anymore. Is This How You Feel? uses a new approach. Emotion. The scientists that have authored these letters are expressing hope, fear, anger, anxiety – emotions that regular people feel every day. Emotions they can relate to.
The project has really struck a chord with the greater public, receiving write-ups on large American websites like Mother Jones, the National Journal and Grist. It has been featured as a lead story on News.com.au and getting coverage on the popular website Science Alert.
Viewers of the exhibition will get the chance to write their own letter on how climate change makes them feel and see it displayed alongside the countless other contributions.
The exhibition is free and is open from 11am to 5pm each day. For more information please visit the science week website.