I am frequently invited to attend, participate, or give talks at rallies, demonstrations, and protests. Most recently I was asked if I will be participating in the September 20th Global Climate Strike. My answer is almost always no and it will be no for the Global Climate Strike.
The reality is that I do what I do because of my passion for meteorology and my desire to understand and predict the weather and climate. I started studying the atmosphere before climate change was politicized and before the First Assessment Report of the IPCC was completed. My motivation was entirely apolitical.
I spend a great deal of time studying the atmosphere, especially the weather and climate in mountainous regions. On the day of the Global Climate Strike, I have some responsibilities that I believe are important and they will be the focus of my efforts. I will be working.
This is not a hard decision. I am an educator and a scientist. Life is short and time precious. I prefer to focus my efforts on teaching, advancing science, and public outreach.