The importance of climate social scientists in an era of climate change: Opinion

Matthew Hoffmann (University of Toronto) has penned an article on the experiences of climate social scientists and the need to involve their perspectives more meaningfully in climate change discussions. Drawing on interviews with over 20 climate social scientists, Hoffmann shares how many of these scientists are struggling with anxiety or despair, intentionally trying to cultivate hope and optimism in their practice, and/or finding empowerment in taking sustainable actions. The author concludes that navigating the climate crisis will require the involvement of climate social scientists to help generate urgency and create “outlets” for that urgency that fashion a more equitable future.

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