We know the Chesapeake Bay is rising and our land is sinking. But how do we predict how much, how fast, and why? How we open a dialogue based on facts, not emotion.
Our conversations about it should be too.
How can we open fact-based dialogues?
One thing the Chesapeake Project does not do is tell people what to think. We choose to educate people on where to find the facts and how to weigh those facts for their own conclusions.
Sea Level Rise predictions are just that, predictions. If you're optimistic about a sustainable world occurring soon, you might be more inclined to expect the lower predictions. If you're not optimistic about the world's ability to become sustainable, you might be more inclined to expected the worst predictions.
As each community grapples with how to prepare, their citizens need to have fact-based dialogues to come to mutual terms of what they expect.
Climate Change has sadly been turned political, when its science we've known well for the past 50 years. When we talk about the earth heating up because of humanity's pollutants, that is fact. What is up for debate is how much effect it will have — this is where it typically becomes a hot topic.
Find Common Ground
We all want a safe future. We all have more in common than what divides us.
Find Facts. Not Emotions
In our connected world, it can be easy to find a source that you want to agree with... But where did that information come from?