Mar 30, 2018
Issues of sustainability are
typically tied to the language of science research. Solutions are
often described in technical terms without much mention of the
broader public who will ultimately be affected and have to
participate in some way, shape or form. In episode 2, we looked
into the research-side of this question when we discussed
transdisciplinary research. Today we're gonna try to tackle the
communications side of sustainable transitions for the worlds we
want and hopefully illustrate the challenges and opportunities for
scientists, policymakers, and the average citizen.
In this show, we are going to
talk about some of the issues inherent to science communication and
Future Earth's role in the changing context for the communication
of scientific research. We'll also try to make sense of some
thornier questions related to Fake News and Post-truth politics, as
well as the concept of framing and its usefulness for engaging the
Part 2 can be found here.
Music featured in this
- Outro “Plans fall through” by Alexia
- Opening bit featuring
Trump on the Climate accord includes “Search for the Truth,”
and audio from Trump’s On June 1, 2017 press conference, mixed by
Cheryl Gladu. Done purely to explore some conspiratorial
The people interviewed in this episode
- Christina Cook, Science Officer, Synthesis
& Foresight, Montreal, Future Earth, and Research Associate at
the Loyola Sustainability
Research Centre(LSRC), Concordia University.
- Jo-Ting Huang-Lachmann, PhD Candidate at TU
Dresden and Research Associate at Chair of Environmental Management
and Accounting, Faculty of Business and Economics. Part of the
Early Career Researchers Network.
- Andrew Kaniki, Executive
Director for Knowledge Fields Development at the South African
National Research Foundation.
- Gordon McBean,
President of the International Council for Science(ICSU),
and Co-Chair of Future Earth’s Governing Council.
- Asher Minns, Executive
Director Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
School of Environmental Sciences University of East Anglia
- Rebecca Oliver, Senior Engagement and
Dialogue Lead, Sweden Hub of Future Earth.
- Jakob Rhyner, United
Nations University (UNU) Vice-Rector in Europe and Director of the
Institute for Environment and Human Security, and Co-Chair of
the Governing Council at Future Earth.
- Alistair Scrutton, Global Communications
Director at Future Earth
- Peter Timmerman,
Associate Professor, Business & the Environment Coordinator,
York University, Faculty of Environmental Studies.
- David Usher, musician, author, speaker,
all-round nice guy, and, founder and creative director of the
Human Impact Lab at Concordia
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