27. Januar 2022
From Publications to Public Actions: The Role of Scientists in a Planetary Emergency
Webinar der Future Scientists NL
Climate change and the destruction of nature threaten the breakdown of planetary systems, the extinction of a million species and the collapse of human civilisation, a situation widely described as a planetary emergency. An emergency is an urgent and dangerous situation requiring us to focus our attentions on the problem at hand, yet most researchers and scientific institutions continue as normal, in the belief that simply providing more information will somehow lead to the required transformations in our societies and economies. However, this theory of change in naive because governmental decisions are not influenced primarily by evidence but by corporate lobbying and public opinion. In this talk, Dr Gardner makes the case that those with the greatest understanding of the emergency, such as scientists, have a moral obligation to step beyond their research and additionally engage in practices that have greater potential to bring about change, in particular by joining and supporting non-violent civil resistance movements.
Dr Charlie Gardner is a conservationist and activist with a particular interest in the intersection of the climate and ecological crises. He is an Associate Senior Lecturer at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (University of Kent), and spokesperson with Scientist Rebellion and Scientists for Extinction Rebellion.