A Climate for Change: Millennials, Science and the Humanities

Elliot Honeybun-Arnolda, Noam Obermeister

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Abstract

The rise and pervasiveness of post-truth and alternative facts posit fundamental questions for the current epistemic authority of scientific knowledge. In conjunction, complex and multi-scalar problems of the likes of climate change call for research that transcends traditional disciplinary silos, upon which much of that authority was built. As such, we call for a greater involvement of the humanities in environmental research and communication. We suggest that young researchers wishing to pursue academic careers (including ourselves) may be well-equipped to reconfigure and reconcile science and the humanities within the context of their PhDs and beyond – taking a frontline position in the constant struggle to overcome longstanding antagonisms between the scholarship of fact-finding and that of meaning-making. We do so by exploring examples - within academia and beyond - where those collisions have been successful, including the works of a millennial scientist/artist and a dystopian video game.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalEnvironmental Communication
Volume13
Issue number1
Early online date31 Jul 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • Humanities
  • climate
  • communication
  • environment
  • interdisciplinary
  • millennials

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