Environmental scientists need to avoid being doomsayers to increase public trust in, and use of, their research, warned a renowned ecologist.
‘Hope is the elixir of action. Not pessimism,’ said Dr Steve Morton, a former CSIRO executive and now Honorary Professorial Fellow at Charles Darwin University. He said there is a prevailing attitude of pessimism in ecology. ‘We turn people off. Pessimism produces guilt and fear, which can be a stimulus for change initially but then becomes a negative if there’s too much gloom. People then turn away from and avoid the topic.’ Read more in our media release.