Disseminating Scientific Evidence
Global warming has been a controversial issue among scientists, politicians, and society since its conception. Although many accepted climate change theory decades ago as a result of reputable scientific evidence, many remain unconvinced. Those individuals who remain skeptical likely misunderstand the gravity of the situation, yet remain adamant in their disbelief, leaving room for further discussion, research, and dissemination of information regarding scientific evidence for climate change. One effective avenue to combat these doubts is to focus on solutions, which makes the threat of climate change less abstract and more tangible, making more likely the willingness to accept scientific facts surrounding the issue.
It is imperative to ensure that everyone is aware of the scientific evidence that proves the existence of climate change. Governments, organizations, institutions, media outlets, activists, and citizens must understand the tangible reasons why climate change is a reality, and how we, as a global community, can effectively address the crisis. If the aforementioned stakeholders actively share evidence around the climate crisis and proactively partake in solutions, climate change cannot remain a problem that is beyond public engagement or knowledge of understanding.
Accountability and Transparency
Accountability measures must be taken in order to ensure that adequate resources and policies are created to combat climate change. These actions include setting realistic, actionable goals, monitoring progress, and adapting strategies to fit progress. The entire process surrounding climate change must remain transparent to the public while being held accountable by those in positions of power.
It is also essential that governments create and implement solutions with input from citizens, scientists, and activists alike to ensure that any and all resources are distributed responsibly and effectively in furtherance of combating climate change. Additionally, countries around the world must work together to create global initiatives to combat the crisis. Unfortunately, transparency often gets lost in the political discourse.
The scientific evidence on climate change is overwhelming, and yet, countless individuals remain unconvinced. This is potentially attributed to the lack of mobilization surrounding climate change discussions. Discussions surrounding climate change must be had openly and often with initiatives to actively display the evidence to those who are skeptical.
Moreover, information must be shared openly and honestly in an effort to eliminate misinformation and outright false information that could be preventing individuals from being willing to accept the truth. News outlets often spread information without doing proper diligence, particularly on contentious matters. Therefore, scientific data, facts, and evidence must not only be available on public forums and in the news, but actively shared with citizens so that they can be educated about climate change.
Initiatives that are intentional in raising awareness of climate change by disseminating scientific evidence have been successful in multiple countries. The European Environmental Agency found that publicly funded projects that directly dealt with scientific evidence forclimate change had a direct effect on public attitudes about climate change, as well as public policy regarding the crisis. Additionally, grants backed by government initiatives have proven to be instrumental in dispersing information to both public and private sectors. Such grants serve upon two primary purposes: they raise public awareness while also assisting scientists in receiving the resources they need to further climate change research.
One of the more successful routes to combat the climate crisis is to focus on domestic solutions. Domestically, citizens must continue to pressure politicians to reform climate change policies and regulations so that they more accurately reflect the science behind it. Additionally, local activists must use their resources to educate and inform the public on the tangible effects of climate change. Local organizations as well as national organizations, such as the Greenpeace, have been instrumental in engaging the public regarding climate change initiatives.
The sentiments of the people are an essential component to the success of any climate change plans and the subsequent implementation thereof in a political environment. Therefore, it is essential that those in power receive a majority of pressure from citizens and those affected by climate change if any policies are going to effectively address climate change.
The scientific evidence for climate change is abundant and continues to increase in data, but is often not disseminated effectively due to politics, prejudices, or a simple lack of knowledge. Governments, organizations, activists, and citizens alike must all engage in conversation, movements, initiatives, and projects that assist in creating evidence-backed solutions, while educating and informing citizens of the repercussions of climate change. The more citizens are actively engaged, the more successful policy initiatives will be when it comes to climate change. Therefore, the only avenue of success is to use scientific evidence as a cornerstone of creating plans to address the climate crisis and then actively sharing how these plans realistically manifest domestically and globally.