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“Science is storytelling”

Southernfriedscience.com had an interesting blog post this week about talking to others about “climate change”.  The author points out that even though you may know a lot about the science of how climate works and how things are changing, that is just not going to resonate with a lot of people. Instead, talk about fishing.  Or farming.  Or flooding.  Stories get people involved and invested in what is happening in their own lives.

I spend a lot of time talking about the science of climate and how we know that climate is changing, but most people I talk to get tired quickly of the charts and graphs that I use in my day to day work.  I have learned that what people really want to know about is why the growing season is longer now than it used to be and how that will impact their farm management.  Stories resonate and bring us together.  You can read the blog at http://www.southernfriedscience.com/when-i-talk-about-climate-change-i-dont-talk-about-science/.

Torrential rains in south Florida’s Redlands growing region severely damaged winter yellow squash, zucchini and green beans, as well as this field of corn grown by Alger Farms. Source: Alger Farms via The Packer.