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David O'Byrne

David O'Byrne

Postdoctoral Fellow

David O'Byrne

Science has much to offer social movements in the face of planetary emergencies

Author

  • Ellinor Isgren
  • Chad Boda
  • David Harnesk
  • David O Byrne

Summary, in English

To the Editor — Ecologists Gardner and Wordley1 recently argued that in the face of “interconnected planetary emergencies threatening our climate and ecosystems,” information on the severity and urgency of the problem is insufficient to promote the necessary social and political change. Thus, “scientists should join civil disobedience movements to fight these unprecedented crises”. That the realization that facts alone may be insufficient is only now making headlines in the context of climate change is not the fault of the authors, but rather symptomatic of a long-standing disconnect between the natural and social sciences. While we support their ambitions, we argue that Gardner and Wordley neglect one of the most important, powerful and unique avenues for scientists to contribute to social movements — that is, with our arduously accumulated knowledge about processes of social and political change

Department/s

  • LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)

Publishing year

2019-10-28

Language

English

Pages

1498-1498

Publication/Series

Nature Ecology and Evolution

Volume

3

Issue

11

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Nature Publishing Group

Topic

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Environmental Sciences

Status

Published

Project

  • Civil Society and Sustainability Studies - ASG, Pufendorf IAS

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 2397-334X