In the McCarthy interview, Prof Goodman asks a question regarding younger generations' impact on action for climate change. In response, McCarthy focuses on the fact that young students and adults are able to coordinate and have massive outreach to the government and corporations through social media and other online resources. She also notes that it is good that young generations are attempting to enact better environmental action, but that it is important that the actions they are asking for align with scientific research. I would like to ask how education plays a role for the future of our environment. Will better education increase our public's understanding of climate change, and potentially eliminate climate change skepticism? Will better education make policymakers more trusting and willing to work alongside scientific researchers?
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Hey Jordan, I think those are great questions to ask! I think education will definitely improve the public's and policy makers' understanding of climate change, which will hopefully help to push us in the right direction. This leads me to wonder if there will be a specific tipping point when those educated about climate change become old enough to enter positions of power, and if so when to expect it, and if it will happen as soon as it needs to. Also, your note about how it's important for activists' actions to align with scientific research led me to wonder if there are specific examples of where activists pushed for something that was actually harmful?