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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