As a scientist, I’ve been trained to write in a specific style: succinct (read: jargony), precise (read: dry), and logical (read: formulaic). You could say that I’m tone-deaf by training. I’m good with data though, so I took a poll:
What is the appropriate tone for an op-ed piece on Earth Day 2021?
Here are the results*:
14 % — Ecstatic!
78 % — Optimistic
2 % — Dejected
6 % — Pissed
Optimists for the win.
But honestly, the things we are supposed to be celebrating this Earth Day spark no joy for me.
Emma is a Ph.D. Geoscientist. She works in solidarity with Indigenous Land/Water defenders as a member of the Center for Interdisciplinary Environmental Justice