Sustain What? Exploring Trust and Mistrust in Climate Science and Solutions
This is a special Sustain What episode hosted on behalf of the Mellon-Sawyer Seminar on Trust and Mistrust of Science and Experts. (Andrew Revkin, normally the moderator of these sessions is one of three guests this time.)
Over the last three decades, the debate about climate change has involved challenges to the very evidence of change, disagreements about status of models and simulations as scientific evidence, calls for “sound science,” disputes about the contribution of anthropogenic causes, attempts to cast doubt on the integrity and plausibility of forecasts and assessments, and various forms of “solution aversion.”
What are the sources of skepticism about climate change and/or mistrust of climate science?
What processes, mechanisms and dynamics are implicated in provoking and prolonging the debate about climate change?
To what extent are these specific to the climate debate, and to what extent they are representative of a broader mistrust in experts?
What can be done to increase trust in climate science or consensus around appropriate measures or interventions?