NASA Scientist’s Emotional Appeal Just Before Being Arrested

Peter Kalmus is a data scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as well as an associate scientist at UCLA’s Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science & Engineering. He made this desperate plea outside a Los Angeles branch of JP Morgan Chase Bank.

His message was part of a worldwide protest that involved more than 1,000 scientists from 25 countries. They risked arrest to warn the world on 6 April.

Kalmus explained that civil disobedience is being held at JP Morgan Chase Bank, which, out of all the banks in the globe, has done the most to finance fossil fuel projects. Kalmus also cited a recent IPCC report, which made it very obvious that current and planned fossilfuel infrastructure will take us significantly beyond 2x the best estimate of what can still be emitted and have a coin-toss chance of staying below one and a quarter degrees of global warming.

Eric Gill along with the engineer and climate scientist, Stood out bank wearing their lab coats.

Kalmus stated, “I’m here to listen to scientists,” Kalmus continued. “I’m willing and able to take a chance for this beautiful planet – for my children. We’ve tried to warn you guys for so long that we’re headed towards a f**king disaster. And we are ignored, the scientists of the globe are being ignored. It has to stop. Everything will be lost. We’re not kidding. We are not lying. We are not exaggerating.

Peter Kalmus outside a Los Angeles branch of JP Morgan Chase Bank. Credit: Climate Ad Project

This is so terrible, everyone – we’re willing and able to take this chance. We will be joined by more scientists and more people every day. This is for all the children of the world, all the young people, and all the future generations. This is bigger than any one of us.”

The Police officials arrested Kalmus, along with a physicist, engineer, and science teacher for tying himself to the bank’s doors.

Later, Kalmus explained that he was willing to take a risk after having failed to get the message across even after trying to raise awareness about climate change for several years.

He spoke to AJ+ and said that he tried many other methods to reach the public over 16 years. None of them worked. It’s worth taking the risks to raise awareness about what’s going on around the world.

Kalmus added, “I was very emotional and was thinking about my children and the future of human life.”