God help us. These “artistes” write:
The scientific community can meet us in December when we bring the calendar to the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. This is the world’s largest gathering of Earth and space scientists: 20,000 of them converge in San Francisco to discuss their research (think science fair for adults).
Have a look at what they are pitching along with “please send money”:
Last year Josh and I published a calendar using only on demand printing services (like COSTCO) and Josh’s talents. We didn’t have to sucker in the clueless to “fund” the project. We just did it. They justify their pitch with:
The 12×9 calendar features 13 months of renowned climate scientists and their research, along with information like their favorite dataset, chart or climate phenomenon. The calendar also includes dates of weather and climate events that live in infamy, dates of key scientific meetings and more. Participating researchers work at Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
Why kick start the Climate Models calendar?
We’ve had a photo shoot and designed the calendar, and even received a grant from the New York City chapter of the Awesome Foundation. Now we need to raise funds to print it. That’s where you come in. We believe in the power of this calendar to increase scientific literacy and want to distribute as many as possible. Meeting our funding goal will enable us to do this by covering the cost of printing our first run of calendars.
Any money raised above and beyond our goal will be used for calendar-related education and outreach activities.
You can read more about it here.
This year won’t be any different for Josh and I, though maybe this year when Michael Mann gets his free copy he won’t try to create conspiracy theory about it.