Near-term human extinction is a real concern. It is not only possible, it is probable. We have already locked in several degrees over what has ever been experienced by the species homo. We are not yet experiencing the warming that is a result of carbon dioxide added in the last ten years. Climate change that we see is far from being a knee jerk reaction of the environment. We are always about ten years behind.
Every Sunday for two hours, Drake jumps into Fortnite, bringing climate-themed guests — such as Dessler and Peter Griffith, the founding director of NASA’s Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems Office — with him. While they play (and stream to Twitch), they chat about climate change. The three-month-old squad has set out to make climate change information accessible to Fortnite fans.
So far, the public service these scientists are doing isn’t getting a ton of traction. Journalists (hi again!) and people on Science Twitter think it’s great, but Drake reports there are only about three to five “regulars” who tune in to every stream and ask questions. Drake hopes that number will increase and notes his sessions get a few dozen more viewers once they go up on YouTube; he’s also expanding his efforts to a game called Eco that is entirely focused on mitigating climate change.