Can we tackle global climate challenges without the social sciences?

theThe absence or weakness of the social and human sciences in climate research has led to the failure to implement natural science findings that warn of current dangers to humanity. On the contrary, public policies and private profit enterprises move in the context of reductive and simple messages. This results in a techno-optimistic and “solution” perspective that does not adequately acknowledge climate justice, the equity dimensions of the current climate crisis, nor that the way forward requires a social rather than a technological transformation.

“Very few scientists know the social and human behavioral component of their transitional recommendations and models (energy, etc.). This supports that many countries, on a global scale, are facing the current changes in climate by regression towards authoritarian models,” highlights from Rebellion Científica Aragon.

However, there are voices already claiming a series of universal principles, which must adapt to the upcoming climate conditions, with the help of social sciences and realistic climate theories. One of them is Scientific rebellion.

Rebellion Científica has made three demands of political leaders: First, to allow the flow of honest information about the climate emergency. Second, it implements immediate decarbonization measures that prevent a point of no return in rising global temperatures from being reached. And third, to achieve a just economic transition that would ensure the needs of the entire planet’s population.

The consequences of climate change will be devastating if we don’t act in time, but that time is running out. The latest reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (United Nations Panel of Experts on Climate Change) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) are devastating.

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The social sciences, as members of the scientific community who know the seriousness of this problem, have a responsibility to act. To this end, we invite students, teachers, PAS, and researchers to participate in a space for dialogue, this Tuesday, March 14, at 5:00 p.m., in Class 4 of the School of Social Sciences and Labor,” conclude from Domestic group of the scientific revolution in Aragon.

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