Citizen Action Monitor

Is the National Observer intentionally ignoring reports by/about leading climate scientists?

Why has Observer reporter not responded to my email promoting work of Dr. Nate Hagens? —

No 2735 Posted by fw, June 6, 2021 —

On May 31, I sent a polite email to National Observer reporter Chris Hatch in response to his open invitation to readers to share “comments or suggestions” related to his efforts as climate correspondent to sort through “the kaleidoscope of news, ideas, politics and culture to figure out what’s working in the race against climate change.”

A copy of my email to Mr. Hatch is reposted below. But first, I want to point out that my letter to Hatch was not the first time I had contacted the National Observer to express my concerns re its absence of any coverage of the work of leading climate scientists and experts in related fields. In fact, last year, because of this failure, I did not renew my subscription and shared my reason with the paper.

Here is a slightly abridged copy of my letter to Mr. Hatch. Coincidentally, not only has he failed to reply to my request for feedback, he did not have the common courtesy to acknowledge receipt of my email.

Dear Chris Hatch

Frank White, here, of Windsor Ontario. Thank you for your invitation to share “comments or suggestions” related to your efforts as climate correspondent to sort through “the kaleidoscope of news, ideas, politics and culture to figure out what’s working in the race against climate change.”

Before sharing my thoughts with you, here’s a bit of relevant, personal background information. For the past 11 years I have been editing a blog, Citizen Action Monitor, that focuses primarily on major contemporary global and Canadian-specific issues, including climate change. I offer my readership a news and information filtering service that involves monitoring, selecting, and  reposting articles from authoritative online sources. To date, I have published 2,732 reports, a mix of print and video. Included in this collection, 237 posts are categorized as “climate change red flag warning” and another 473 classified as “climate change.”

In the process, I have become familiar with the small number of outstanding scientists and experts whose contributions remain largely unrecognized by the general public and also by the majority of media commentators and well-intentioned environmentalists and climate activists.

I am writing today to bring to your attention the exceptional contributions of Dr. Nate Hagens prominently featured most recently in an Earth Day video talk summarizing his account of the human predicament. My purpose is to prompt you to rethink your understanding of the global climate change crisis. I would be most interested in your feedback after you watch Hagens’ information-rich presentation. (See video link below).

Hagens is a well-known speaker on the big picture issues facing human society and currently teaches a systems synthesis Honors seminar at the University of Minnesota: ‘Reality 101 – A Survey of the Human Predicament’. Previously, Nate was President of Sanctuary Asset Management and a Vice President at the investment firms Salomon Brothers and Lehman Brothers. Nate’s presentations speak to the opportunities and constraints we face after the coming peak of global economic growth. On the supply side, Nate focuses on the interrelationship between debt-based financial markets and natural resources, particularly energy and the unique (and so far unplanned for) risks from the coming ‘Great Simplification’. Nate has appeared on PBS, BBC, ABC and NPR, and has lectured around the world. He holds a Masters Degree in Finance with Honors from the University of Chicago and a PhD in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont.

Chris, below is my link to Hagens’ latest video, a 2hr, 52min tour de force, delivered on Earth Day, May 21, as a kind of update to the state of humanity and our interaction with the natural world. Hagens points out that these annual updates – this is his thirteenth — are popular for a very small demographic because “…they go against the grain of what most of society believes in and understands. In Hagens’ words: I’m going to unpack our core cultural myths and contrast them with our biophysical realities. We need a roadmap and a collective understanding if we are to speak a common language about the future.”

Hagens’ synthesis is based on 15+ years of collaboration with a network of scientists and systems thinkers. He highlights 33 of the core myths and stories prevalent in modern culture and contrasts them with our underlying biophysical (biological and physical) realities.

Below is the link to Hagens’ video, followed by a list of his 33 myths beginning with Myth 33 and ending with Myth 1. Included in the list are the time-stamps that the myths appear in the video. They can be watched in any order, but the order presented likely makes the most sense: in any case, I have highlighted in bold font, thirteen of the myths that I believe may be of particular interest to you.

The Video:

Earth and Humanity: Myth and Reality, by Nate Hagens, You Tube, May 21, 2021 (2hr, 52min).

(NOTE: In the interest of brevity, I have omitted Hagens’ list of 33 myths from this copy of my email to Hatch. For those interested, the list is available as part of my blog post yesterday — We live in a world of islands of expertise separated by oceans of misinformation and confusion : “Collective coordination of our upcoming challenges will not be possible without first having collective sense-making”: Nate Hagens.)

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