It has been noted that local weather people do not discuss climate change during their broadcasts. Clearly these broadcasts are great opportunities to help educate viewers about climate change—as it relates to extreme weather, for example. Thus we will begin a coordinated effort to influence these meteorologists to regularly add climate to their discussion.
Please contact Channel 6 TV Chief Meteorologist Andy Andersen. Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) should be the primary contact method, with Facebook through the KCENTV page a secondary approach.
Basically, we wish Mr. Andersen to include anthropogenic climate change at the appropriate time in his broadcasts, such as during discussions of record heat and flooding in Central Texas. Everyone should write in their own words, but here are a few points you may wish to include:
- Anthropogenic climate change is a crisis according to the best science, and thus we have a responsibility to educate the public on this topic.
- The American Meteorological Society completely embraces the science of climate change. Their websites contains publications by the AMS, such as "Explaining Extreme Events of 2014 from a Climate Perspective."
- Central Texas has experienced very hot weather this past summer, and July and August 2016 are tied for globally the hottest months in recorded history.
- Waco experienced severe flooding in the spring of 2015 and 2016. May 2015 was the wettest single month on record in Texas. Climate science has predicted heavier rainfalls, as the warmer atmosphere holds more moisture.
- By educating citizens on climate science, the weather broadcaster can play an important role in the battle to preserve a livable planet for us all.
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