By Anna McNeill
Questions like this about global warming and climate change are something that Peter Sinclair, of Midland, has decided to help the average person answer through videos, graphics and collaborating with scientists from various high level establishments and organizations.
Sinclair will be bringing his knowledge of climate change, based off of interacting, quizzing and partaking in research endeavors on climate change with scientists, to the Clare County Democratic Party’s January meeting Thursday, January 8. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Clare’s Pere Marquette District Library and Sinclair will be speaking at 7 p.m.
Sinclair graduated from the University of Michigan with a fine arts degree, and said that art students tend to flock to either the East or the West coast, but that he is a Mid-Westerner at heart. By staying in the Mid-West, Sinclair decided to kept a backup plan, working on and off as a paramedic or nurse.
Between working as a graphic artist, an animator, paramedic and nurse, Sinclair has always had an interest in climate change and has followed it since he was a teenager.
After many years of following the climate change, and listening to people’s opinions and ideas on if climate change is real, or an issue, Sinclair decided he needed to do something to help inform the everyday person on the issues.
In 2008, Sinclair had enough and he “just couldn’t stand it anymore.”
In the hopes of informing the public and debunking myths about climate change, Sinclair created a YouTube channel called “Climate Denial Crock of the Week,” and since then has also created a channel of monthly videos titled, “This is not Cool” on Yale’s Climate Connections blog.
Sinclair said that the environmental stuff has now taken over his professional life.
Sinclair emphasizes that the facts he presents in his videos and speeches, which he gives all over the state, are not his opinion.
“They are facts from main stream science research,” Sinclair said.
Gathering info from high level scientific fields and organizations has helped Sinclair better understand the facts about climate change, and give him the credibility among the scientific world so that his videos and speeches are also credible.
“I quiz the scientists,” Sinclair said, “so that I have a better understanding. I try to simplify and clarify through them. I’ve got a good grasp of what’s going on.”
Getting asked to join scientists on research trips to places such as the North Cascades Glaciers and Greenland’s ice plates, has also helped Sinclair bring the knowledge of the scientific community about climate change to the average Joe through his videos and speeches.
For more information on Peter Sinclair and climate change, you can check out he videos at:
You can also visit his blog at: http://climatecrocks.com/ .
To hear Peter speak, stop by the Clare Pere Marquette District Library, tomorrow, Jan. 8, at 7:00 p.m.