The year 2018 will be remembered as the year when the world stands at a crossroads, politically and economically, and through the threat of climate change – in a deadly way. It's heavy there. Just taking out the news seems like a form of self-care. But in respect of one big easy to overlook, there is reason to celebrate: the return of science.
The past 30 years have, in many ways, been a divide in the world of science: advances in technology and innovation have provided historical leaps in understanding and scientific capabilities. This science itself has been systematically distorted and ridiculed. But when you rise to the path of the marginalization of science, you find a beacon of hope for its future and future.
Bipartisan trust in the scientific community spread in 1974, across all political ideologies. For many reasons political scientists are still discussing it, the neutral and biased view of scientists began to collapse in the 1980s.
With the start of anti-evolution activists, elected officials of the 1980s and 1990s passed a large number of anti-science laws that had the effect of isolating knowledge from the public. In 1995, Newt Gingrich abolished the Congressional Bureau of Technology Assessment, which was formed in 1972 to provide lawmakers with the latest scientific consensus on health care issues to criminal justice data for climate change. The following year, the same conference effectively banned CDC from conducting research In the firearms violence with the passing of the modification of my cock, pushed by the National Rifle Association after a 1993 study identified weapons in the home put families at risk.
But perhaps no data has caused more anger than the science of climate change. The real damage caused by carbon emissions in the Earth's atmosphere has been the target of a coordinated and sustainable disinformation campaign since the scientists first launched a warning in 1988. Speakers have drowned the public discourse about the legitimacy of climate science; elected state and federal government officials have reviewed research proposals And sought to bury new reports on climate change; climate scientists saw their qualifications and even their personal scrutiny. Even semantics were under attack, where the term "global warming" mocked the first sign of snow.
Federal funding for science and research as a percentage of national GDP fell more than 50% from 1967 to 2007.
These dark ages culminated in the denial of science as being a badge of honor to win political campaigns – even the Oval Office. The White House has damaged the EPA's access to scientific research in drafting rules to protect public and environmental health. The president publicly rebuked a climate report from his administration, warning of a looming disaster, saying frankly: "I do not believe it."
But as the moral arc of the universe bends toward justice, the arc of knowledge in the universe bends toward light. The White House may be a temporary loser, but it stops to take a real look at these other institutions. Those who questioned science yesterday are on the verge of glorifying it tomorrow.
Everyone knows that the Democrats restored the House of Representatives in the midterm elections of 2018. But look closer: record number of candidates from the scientific backgrounds to run – and won. The next conference will be attended by seven scientists and two specialists in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, including a nuclear engineer, an ocean engineer, a biochemist, and a pediatrician. Not only Washington, but also the states. Throughout the country, there have been at least seven state governors working on clean, aggressive energy platforms.
These successes are a call for action from the electorate, a call echoed in the market. Americans are increasingly demanding and rewarding companies for the environment – thanks to their increasing acceptance that climate change is real and caused by humanity and a very real sense of concern that the vast majority (82%) of millennial parents feel about the future of their children.
A wave of global and prominent corporate companies began embracing science as the engine of social activity and consumer loyalty. Ad campaigns and marketing strategies are built around environmental initiatives. Look at Patagonia, which has pledged $ 10 million in new tax exemptions for environmental groups working to mitigate the effects of climate change. The company cited the above-mentioned climate report and the subsequent White House decision as catalysts for its donation, and urged other companies in power to act even if the government did not do so.
It is recognized that we have a long way to restore the flag to its rightful place, and a short time to get there. But in a time of chaos, when everything from our policy to our planet is lost, it is more important than ever to celebrate victories. Science began to return this year.
Susan Shelton is President and CEO of Shelton Group, The country's leading marketing communications agency focused exclusively on energy and the environment. You can download a copy of Eco Pulse Here, And can download a copy of Millennial Pulse Here.