Just like some people get put off by math, others feel overwhelmed when it comes to science. I remember when in college after I got an A in my Chaucer class, I took a Biology class taught by the husband of the professor who taught me Chaucer.
After a dismal showing on the first test, the Biology professor pulled me aside, “Mr. Toscano, I simply do not understand why you are doing so poorly in my class. My wife tells me you are an excellent student.” I replied, “Well, it’s just that I struggle to understand all of these biological processes. Now if you could put them into a story form and turn the microbes into characters and introduce conflict and mood, I would have no problem.”
He looked at me like I was a foreign and possibly hostile specie and at the end of the term proceeded to give me a well-deserved D in his class.
Climate Change Basics
Now I am caught up in the world of climate change, and of course that means I read a lot of science. And just like I did as an undergraduate, I seek out analogies to help me better understand the science. I have found that a little humor doesn’t hurt either.
If you are trying to communicate to friends about how climate change works, here is segment from the Climate Stew podcast where with the help of Marvin Bloom and Elizabeth Jeremiah, I give the very basics of climate science. Elizabeth provides an excellent comparison of carbon dioxide with tupperware containers. Marvin helps me to better understand the role volcanoes play with our climate. Of course these two do not get along to well, so there is even some dramatic tension.