Naomi Oreskes: Climate Science Communicator of the Year
May 9, 2011
The Center for Climate Change Communication (4C) at George Mason University believes that excellence deserves acknowledgment. Since 2009, each year 4C conducts an open nomination and democratic voting process to select one person, and one organization, as Climate Change Communicators of the Year. Eight extraordinary individuals and six extraordinary organizations were nominated this year. After a six-week voting process, with thousands of votes cast, Naomi Oreskesand the Alliance for Climate Education emerged as this year’s winners.
Dr. Oreskes is the author of one of the top science books of the year, Merchants of Doubt.
She shows how a tiny group of ideological cold warriors, funded by the a secretive group of twisted, super-rich far-right fanatics, have distorted science from tobacco, to acid rain, to climate change, right up to the present day, in an attempt to bend reality to a kind of Ayn Randian fantasy world.
If you have time for only one book on climate change this year, this is the one.
Moreover, if you are interested in the broader topic of how information gets buried, distorted, perverted, packaged and spun in the modern media culture, this is the one as well.
For Dr. Oreskes long-form presentation, see below.