When looking back on lecture 3 it was made clearly evident to me something that I already saw on a day to day basis but had not really analysed… the failure of environmental education!
The things that many of us are aware of are still not transferred to common practice or belief in society as a whole.
In a course that I did over the summer it was amazing to see just how much that people will focus on one thing and leave out many others. In the case of the Wild Horse management for the Warragamba Dam area it was evident that emotions were the main emphasis of reason behind changes in legislation. Why were the residents so keen on saving a few horses when all scientific reason showed the culling of these horses as the best option? Why was it that scientific reason was not transferred to the residents?
The further I looked into this the harder it seemed for scientists to transfer knowledge to the layman. Lecture 3 spoke of basic, applied and translational science that are evident in a university on a daily basis but translational science seems to be less common in broader society.
Translational science involves participation and involvement – rather the importance of open discussions and engagement.
The spewing out of knowledge can be hard to find and if found, hard to hear. The lack of consultation with residents regarding the culling of horses is an example where a lack of participation with residents created huge misrepresentation and effectively changed legislation that is now detrimental to the environment.
Although the decisions of the those in power may have been scientifically informed they weren’t participatory or inclusive and therein lies the problem.
The importance of the engagement model struck me as where will science go if not integrated into the societal norm?
Open conversation and swapping of ideas is so important in society and this lecture really brought this home to me.