Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

How Climate Change Comes to Matter: The Communal Life ofFacts

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

How Climate Change Comes to Matter: The Communal Life ofFacts

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Callison, Candis. How Climate Change Comes to Matter: The Communal Life of Facts. Durham, N.C.: Duke University, 2014. 316pp. ISBN 9780822357872, paperback, US $24.95, acid-free paper.

How Climate Change Comes to Matter: The Communal Life of Facts by Candis Callison aims to determine the best ways to tackle climate change. The book investigates climate change using five case studies to find the best solutions which will encourage diverse groups through taking actions and saving our environment. The author argues that conflicts regarding personal beliefs, not science, are the primary reason we have not discovered feasible solutions to climate change. According to Callison, increasing the scientific literacy of the general public, academics, religious groups, and politicians is the key to solving many problems with climate change.

The book focuses on methods to overcome the public's resistance to climate change. The author shares that she has faced opposition on climate change by a Canadian tribe, while talking about environmental problems. A locally elected official claimed that climate change was something that they only hear on television and do not speak about within their tribe.

Callison argues that accurately reporting on climate change is an effective way to improve society's scientific literacy on the subject. She writes that not everyone with a n academic degree should be taken seriously and that we should be critical of climate change skeptics' research. The author suggests that we should focus more on answering ethical questions rather than questions about the facts of climate change.

The book emphasizes the role played by religious groups in the climate change debate and argues that some religious groups are suspicious of scientific research. For instance, the author presents a religious groups called, Creation Care, who is the leading voice in the Christian community concerning the environment. This group's view approaches climate change from a moral and biblical point of view, not from a scientific point of view. The members of this community will consider the information about climate change only if Christian leaders and scientists "bless the facts" of a report. …

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