INSIGHTS: Giving Science a Voice in Public Policy

CIG Senior Scientist, Meade Krosby, was featured in an op-ed by COMPASS about her role in communicating science to the public. As a Wilburforce Fellow in Conservation Science, she was trained by COMPASS and now is an active scientist communicator!

Here is the section from the story that features Meade:

“Scientists’ insights can create other kinds of challenges. Those who study the effects of climate change, for example, can grapple with depression as they witness impacts to species and the places they love. The moral support they get and give to each other helps them move from despair to action. During a rough week in climate news last fall, Meade Krosby, a Senior Scientist with the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington, wrote an opinion piece from her perspective as a climate adaptation scientist after learning and practicing this skill in a science communication workshop. She shared her Op-Ed with her network of fellows and asserted that despite what can seem like relentlessly bad news, “My brave, smart, hard-working colleagues are a huge source of hope and comfort for me.”

Writing opinion pieces can also make a scientist visible and a “go-to person’ for further comment.

Recently, a Washington Post reporter emailed Krosby to respond to President Trump’s decision to call a committee to review the science of climate change. She responded immediately and said she would call the reporter in 10 minutes. Meanwhile, she collected her thoughts using a tool called the message box from her communications training. She decided “not to mince words.”

“Meade Krosby, a senior scientist at the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group, said the initiative showed a disconnect with reality. The world has already warmed more than 1 degree Celsius since pre-industrial levels, and a recent U.N. scientific report concluded the world will have to cut its carbon output 45 percent by 2030 to avert some of the most catastrophic consequences of climate change. ‘The idea that what we really need is to revisit the basic science of climate change when we are already feeling its impacts is absurd,’ she said. ‘There is no meaningful scientific disagreement on the facts.’ ”

Propelled by the data, a growing number of scientists are eager to speak out on what the scientific evidence shows.”

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