Study: Activism and civil disobedience help communicate the science of climate change

phys.org | 1/14/2020 | Staff
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A group of the world's top climate change biologists, including Professor Pete Smith from the University of Aberdeen, have published an editorial highlighting how global movements of civil disobedience focused on climate change are playing an important role in increasing public awareness and engagement with issues of climate change.

The idea for the analysis emerged when a recent Global Change Biology editorial meeting occurred in the same week as the September global climate strikes. Lead authors and Global Change Biology editors, Professors Sharon Robinson and Pete Smith, and Ms Rhea Bruno, co-led the analysis looking at trends in reporting of climate change in online and broadcast media.

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They found that the keywords "climate action" and "climate emergency" were generally not searched for in the past, but their use increased 20-fold in 2019.

Professor Robinson said: "As scientists, we are often told we aren't doing enough to publicize the consequences of climate change—as though the reason for a lack of action on climate change is because we have not been compelling enough."

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Ms Bruno added: "The job of scientists is to build and examine the evidence and provide factual objective accounts of what is happening, and while science communication is an important skill, not all scientists are trained communicators."

The study shows spikes in search terms such as "climate action" and "climate emergency" accompany major global protests.

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Professor Robinson continued: "Scientists are always very cautious about being emotive and we have boundaries around displaying concern and using language like 'crisis' and 'emergency,' but as the science seeps further into the public domain, particularly through younger generations,...
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