With almost 1,000 index entries, 12 major subject categories, and more than 50 topical Deep Dives—not to mention more than 25,000 documents and URLS—there is no doubt that the Climate Web reflects the massiveness and complexity of the climate change topic.
Despite our intellectual understanding of the difficulty of the topic, all of us tend to be largely siloed within our respective disciplines and interests, whether we’re an interested citizen or an involved climate professional. As a climate activist, most of my available attention may focus on divestment issues, or perhaps Blockadia. As a climate professional, most of my available attention may focus on litigation, sea level rise, agricultural impacts, or any one of many other sub-issues. No matter what the interest or topic, almost anyone interested in climate change can find voluminous amounts of information specific to their area of interest in the Climate Web.
But are there efforts and developments that we all benefit from knowing about—and which we really should know about—in order to have some kind of “big picture” understanding of climate change and what we’re doing about it? We don’t mean a “common core” of knowledge about the many aspects of climate change. That would be great to have, but it’s just too big an objective for most people. (That said, the Climate Web can deliver such a “common core” of knowledge in a dedicated setting; see our list of Climate Web Workshop Titles.)
What about something more modest and more achievable for most of us, with information that interested users can at least look through in minutes (but dive deeper if desired). Could such a menu of initiatives help put our individual efforts into a larger context? Perhaps help keep us motivated? Perhaps even get you involved in something you’d never heard of?
Through this “Anything We Should All Know?” Climate Spotlight we point to a small number of trends and initiatives that we think qualify for the status of “shouldn’t we know?” You can further explore any of these issues in the Climate Web. Do you agree with this idea? What other topics should be included?
As is the case throughout the Climate Web, hovering over a thumbnail graphic expands it to become easily readable. URLs and PDFs can be activated in the Notes field at the bottom of the Spotlight (if you can’t see it, click on the small up arrow). Clicking on a specific thought will show you other thoughts it is linked to, allowing you to explore to your heart’s content. You can even jump to the hub of the entire Climate Web by clicking on the HOME thought at the upper left of the Spotlight.
To back up to a prior view at any time, click on the “breadcrumb trail” at the bottom, or simply backspace in your browser. To return to the original Spotlight view at any time, click here at any time.