Dr. Matthew M. Wielicki, an assistant professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Alabama, announced on Monday that he will be leaving the university at the end of the semester due to the school’s woke, liberal agenda focused on pushing the ‘climate emergency’ narrative and DEI initiatives.
Wielicki posted a lengthy Twitter thread explaining the reasons for his departure. He wrote,
“Some internet sleuths have discovered that I will be leaving my faculty position in the Department of Geological Sciences after this semester so I thought I should tell you why.
As with most large decisions, the reasons are mainly personal. COVID made me realize that we were really far from our families in CA and the travel on our elderly parents was taking a toll. The result was that our children were not seeing their grandparents very often. As a Polish immigrant I know what it’s like to live far from family and I started to resent myself for choosing my career over my family’s time together.
Furthermore, over the last decade or so, but especially the last few years, the obsession with universities and grant-funding institutions on immutable characteristics of faculty and students and the push for equity in science above all else has dramatically changed the profession of an academic professor. The rise of illiberalism in the name of DEI is the antithesis of the principles that universities were founded on.
These are no longer places that embrace the freedom of exchanging ideas and will punish those that go against the narrative. Although I had worked from an early age to earn a Ph.D. and become a professor, like my father, I feel the profession is no longer worthy of my efforts.
Contributing to this is the earth science communities silence on the false “climate emergency” narrative. Members of the community routinely discuss the mental health effects of climate catastrophism but dare not speak out lest they lose their positions and research funds.
I will continue to objectively review the current state of the science and provide my expert opinions through social media and a future podcast and book (hopefully, coming soon). I appreciate all of the support I have received from followers here and members within the community (who shall remain nameless). If you live in CO get ready for the Wielicki Whirlwind! Excited about this new chapter in my life. #climate #Wokeness.”
Why I am leaving the University of Alabama:
Some internet sleuths have discovered that I will be leaving my faculty position in the Department of Geological Sciences after this semester so I thought I should tell you why. As with most large decisions, the reasons…
— Dr. Matthew M. Wielicki (@MatthewWielicki) January 23, 2023
Wielicki spoke with Fox News on Tuesday about his announcement, claiming that the intense messaging from the “climate alarmists” impact America’s youth in a negative way. The professor reported that many of his students don’t even want to have children for fear that they won’t have a future on our planet.
“I talk to my students [and] there’s a good chunk of them that really think that the planet is heading towards some sort of civilization collapse in eight, 10, 12 years,” said Wielicki. “What a terrible way to motivate young people… We’re robbing these young people of their ambition and their hope.”
“My students tell me they used to plan for a family and having children,” continued Wielicki. “They’re not going to have children anymore because the kids won’t have a future. Young people are honestly deciding not to raise families now because of climate. That is horrific to me.”
Wielicki also criticized the scientific community as a whole for ignoring false claims about climate change. He said, “The scientific community should be the first ones to say, ‘whoa, whoa, whoa, some of these claims are absolutely absurd.’ It doesn’t mean we don’t face challenges, and we shouldn’t be thinking about solutions, but we can’t be putting out this.”