A New York Times article from today profiles the changes and adjustments necessary in the Iditarod Race due to lack of snow largely attributed to warming climates that are felt more intensely in the higher latitudes.
When I first read this article, I felt a pang of nostalgia that doesn't always necessarily come when viewing articles on the impacts of global warming, regardless of how fully I may process them in my academic mind. I vividly recall in elementary school tracking the course of the race and willing the sled team I followed to victory. I felt, not logically, but emotionally the changes global warming may wreak on our established events and traditions.
Do you think that such emotional appeals could be more effective in communicating the real threats and changes we as a society face as the climate warms?
Do you think such an approach could be more or less effective than simply communicating known scientific facts in getting people to act?