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Scientists Are Being Arrested While Fighting Climate Change

For over a week now, scientists around the world have been staging protests against major companies, organizations and governments to address climate change seriously.

“I’m willing to take a risk for this gorgeous planet, for my sons,” Peter Kalmus, a biological systems and climate change scientist at NASA, told Insider. “We’ve been trying to warn you guys for so many decades that we’re heading towards a f****** catastrophe, and we’ve been being ignored.”

Last week, Kalmus and three other scientists chained themselves to an office building of Chase Bank in Los Angeles. JPMorgan Chase has invested more money into fossil fuel than any other bank, according to the Huffington Post.

Kalmus and company aren’t the only scientists who have now been arrested during a protest. Soil scientists Rose Abramoff spoke with Earther about her evolving need to speak up about the need for climate change.

“It’s not political to tell the truth,” she explained. “Serving the habitability of life on this planet is not and should not be a political issue.”

The urgency to address climate change has been on the forefront of scientists’ minds for decades. Last year, the United Nations released an alarming report that argued it might be too late to turn back the damage. The chief of the report said their findings were a “code red for humanity.” According to climate change experts, rising temperatures, deadlier natural disasters and extreme weather make the future of our planet in trouble.

Scientists are doing everything they can to get the world’s attention. From staging protests at capitol buildings to chaining themselves to building, they’re taking a huge risk to share their story.

If you’re getting a sense of deja vu, it might be because this all feels like a scene out of Adam McKay’s latest movie, Don’t Look Up. In the fictional film, two scientists (Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence) do everything they can to warn the people of Earth that a massive meteor will soon destroy the planet. Instead of listening to facts and data, the scientists have to go to extreme lengths for anyone to take their findings seriously. 

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While a meteor is something largely out of human control, real life scientists are urging people of power that not only can they do something to diminish the impact of climate change, but they have to do something now. 

McKay spoke with RELEVANT about how his fictitious story has real implications for our world. In fact, he believes it is up to the Church to speak up about climate change.

“I really feel like faith is going to be the bedrock of this movement,” McKay said about Christians getting involved in the environmental fight. “Because faith taps into our higher powers, our humility. We need to, first off, supplicate. We need to get down, bow our head on the ground and acknowledge reality.”

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