Prof. Camilo Mora: 'The actual writing of the paper took us about two months. It’s 40 pages altogether. But it’s amazing that the press release on this paper took us two months to prepare. It was a massive investment of time for just two pages of paper. So another limitation for us as scientists is that it’s very hard for us to commit that kind of time to prepare for that press release.'
What motivates Mora? 'My motivation and everybody’s motivation whenever we produce these papers is trying to increase the level of awareness of people and politicians to take action on these things...So as scientists, we are struggling to figure out how we can increase public awareness on this issue.'
Mora, a University of Hawaii biogeographer, ecologist, and climate modeler. 'By the year 2047 the climate is going to move beyond something we’ve never seen in the last 150 years.' - 'All the species in the tropics are going to suffer quite dramatically' - 'What I’m suggesting is to inform people about the environmental and social costs of having a child.'
"Climate distress is very difficult, if not impossible, to bear alone...The IPCC report is the bearer of alarming news for all on Earth. How can we best hear and respond to this alarm, caring for ourselves and others while mustering motivation and commitment for desperately needed action? The research of climate psychology tells us that rather than suppress or avoid our distress, we need to welcome it as a healthy response to the climate crisis. If we are not feeling some level of fear and grief, we are in denial. Acknowledging the myriad feelings of distress we have in response to climate breakdown is crucial for sustained action in response. Our feelings show us how much we care about our world, our communities, our lives and our loved ones. This caring is the basis for the action and change our world needs from us all right now.