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Why are climate scientists getting arrested? Dr Stuart Capstick discusses the upside & downside of direct action.

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Nick Breeze

Climate journalist and host of the ClimateGenn podcast.

In this ClimateGenn episode, I am speaking to climate psychologist and Deputy Director and theme lead for the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformation (CAST Centre) Dr Stuart Capstick from Cardiff University about why scientists who research aspects of climate change are deciding to protest in public, and in some cases getting arrested.

We discuss the role of scientists in society as a group that has for many years played a key role in informing policy – but what happens when policymakers are not listening and the consequences mean risking the lives and well beings of citizens, which of course, includes their own family and friends.

Stuart is a researcher looking at many aspects of civil disobedience and the public response to it and has a lot to say that implies to me that more and more people with positions of authority are saying that is enough is enough – the risks to our own existence are now too high.

In the next episode I speak with Nuri Syed Corser from Fossil Free London, a group of activists specifically targeting the fossil fuel industry, their backers, and enablers, by, for example, disrupting shareholder events and other tactics.

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1 thought on “Why are climate scientists getting arrested? Dr Stuart Capstick discusses the upside & downside of direct action.”

  1. Hi Nick
    Congratulations you are doing a great Job. But my strong belief is that there is a major communications missing link in the climate threat story.. The Greta Thunberg followers in particular understand the existential risk nature of the looming threat but they have no idea of how to escape from business as usual towards a new and believable (technically
    and socially justifiably viable attractive sustainable and survivable future alternative. There is an urgent need to create a story which emphasises there are grounds for hope if in the near future humanity or a large chunk of young humanity can understand the new reality
    and relate to the clear messages in the story of hope while the is still enough time before
    Worldwide anarchy makes escape from current realities impossible.
    The story of hope will need to be told with the help of brilliant enticing imagery at the level o of quality of the film Avatar – most watched film ever made. I’ve tied contacting James Cameron about the urgent need for this kind of film with revelation theme, but no reply.
    Your thoughts
    Best
    John

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