Science is not the answer to solving the climate crisis
No, this was not an error but it is actually true that science is not the ULTIMATE answer for solving the climate crisis. A lot of you will strongly disagree with me. I mean who would think that a person with a Master’s degree in Climate Science and Policy would suggest that science is not really the answer that we are looking for! Even though I agree that Science is the pursuit and application of knowledge and understanding of the natural and social world, but when we simply rely on science, we are actually driving crowds away, as for them science adds a massive level of complexity, and the current human life which is complex enough, wants to do well without any more added complexities. Of course, science is essential for understanding climate change, and technology is critical for solving the problem but that will not give us the results if we keep on denying the role of collective human behavior as the primary cause of climate crisis.
One way to explain the argument is that a bunch of knowledgeable scientists will never be able to solve the climate crisis on their own, we will need the massive engagement of not just the youth but people of all ages, all backgrounds. To actually come up with a thorough plan for saving our planet, we need to simplify the definitions of Climate Change. Now the question is if not science, then where can we find the solutions? Well, the answer lies in our everyday lives, basically our lifestyle.
Solving the climate crisis will require tapping into the way our human society functions and channeling our brainpower beyond science to bring massive societal shifts to avert the dangers of climate change. As going beyond science, will ultimately make it easier for us to define the cultural driving forces responsible for the climate crisis. It will open new ways for us where we will live in-sync with the planet, one such way of living can be learned from our tribal societies. If we look at the way of living in tribal societies around the world, all of them share one or the other way of living and co-existing with the nature that is missing in our lifestyles.
Some of us don’t even need to go far and look into tribal societies to learn the art of co-existence, we can find these certain habits at our home. I mean I remember that my mother always carried her own bottle of water everywhere, which basically resulted in a habit formation in me as well, and now if you see, each time my mother drank from her own water-bottle, she was saving so much plastic waste! Look around you, you will find such simple and wonderful examples to help solve the climate crisis, all you need to do is OBSERVE, LEARN, and APPLY.