We give scientists and engineers great technical training, but we’re not as good at teaching ethical decision-making or building character. Take, for example, the environmental crisis that recently unfolded in Flint, Michigan — and the professionals there who did nothing to fix it. Siddhartha Roy helped prove that Flint’s water was contaminated, and he tells a story of science in service to the public good, calling on the next generation of scientists and engineers to dedicate their work to protecting people and the planet.
On Saturday, while our 45th president marks his first 100 days as the president of the United States, thousands of protesters around the country have gathered for the highly-anticipated People’s Climate March. More than 300 marches around the country and the world are happening today.
In honor of Earth Day, the March for Science, and the upcoming Climate Marches due for Saturday, 777 former EPA officials signed a letter Thursday to Congress urging lawmakers to reject the “Trump Administration’s climate denial policies” and to take “action needed to help arrest human-caused climate change.”
But that climate-focused scene, and hundreds of others like it playing out at local news stations across the country, marks a major shift in the way Americans hear about climate change. The safe and familiar on-air meteorologist, with little notice by viewers, has become a public diplomat for global warming.