Climate wizard predicts the present A magical comic about all the climate facts you need to know.
Welcome. If catastrophic events in the daily news have you anxious about where our climate’s headed, perhaps I can help by drawing you a contextual map of the road that brought us here and the signposts up ahead. Because charlatans have besmirched the good reputation of the wizarding community, I won’t expect you to take my word for anything, and have brought more than a hundred links to scientific research and other resources that support my claims. This mildly magical learning experience may cause anxiety, but I’ll be available to answer your questions at the end.
“Listen well” and welcome, valued reader. Beneath each frame of this comic you’ll find additional commentary about the escalating climate crisis. When you see text underlined like this, it’s a link to supporting evidence or additional information, but you can safely ignore the fine print and just enjoy the comic if you prefer. In fact, for the full effect, I recommend just reading the comic first and then coming back for the detailed arguments, because it’s a lot more fun that way. This crisis exploits vulnerabilities in the way our brains work. We’re really not well designed for long term thinking to begin with. Denying this reality is a psychological problem rather than a matter of assessing the relevant evidence. Trying to reason with climate deniers is largely a waste of time, but because their particular brand of weaponized willful ignorance comes with a body count, we have to keep making the attempt anyway. “Hear and understand.” The fact that we are changing our climate in dangerous ways is supported by the highest quality of scientific evidence that exists, with a millions-to-one margin for error and no credible alternate theory to explain what’s happening even after decades of well funded searching for one. There is no professional scientific organization on the face of the planet that disagrees with the basic science here, only a sad lingering handful of political actors well paid to spread disinformation. Just learning about the issue in the first place is pretty much guaranteed to stress you out, but we can’t let that stop us from being informed. Discovering the house you’re in is on fire can be a bummer for your mood, but that doesn't mean that it’s not valuable or important to know so that you can act. Seriously. It’s hard, or even impossible, to overstate how big a deal this is. Climate change is very definitely worse than you imagine. It may also be worse than you . can imagine 2021’s extreme weather disasters are hitting harder. Next year will be worse, and the year after that, and so on, with the pace of change continuing to get faster and faster.