CRRF Day #1 Opening Plenary – Climate Change is The Focus

Dr Ray Bollman“What can one do to draw attention to climate change, a phenomenon that may affect all of our lives but which to many of us seems overwhelming and unstoppable?”

If your name is Erlend Moster Knudsen, you undertake a very long run to draw attention to this problem. A science communicator and climate researcher, in the fall of 2015 Knudson ran 3,000 kilometres — from the Norwegian Arctic to the climate summit in Paris. Along the way, he gave talks in schools, universities and open events in order to share climate information via traditional and social media.

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This dynamic man and veteran speaker kicked off the opening plenary for the 28th Annual Rural Policy Conference of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF). In his remarks, he noted that

” the number of research reports on climate change have doubled in about the last 5 years and the confidence among scientists that humans are the “main cause” of global warming has increased from about 90% in 2007 to about 95% in 2013/2014.”

erlend-3-vareggYet there has been little change in the funding for climate change research in the USA over the last 30 years, and we are not talking about climate change all that much. More newspaper articles were mentioning climate change in the 2007 to 2011 period than today. Coverage increased from 2012 to 2016, but the level is still below the level of the early 2000s.

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Knudsen believes that

“if humans are the “main cause” of climate change, then humans should be able to “solve” this problem. If published research results are not being received / understood / incorporated into policy, should researchers (more) actively communicate their research results?”

Mr. Knudsen’s obvious answer to this question is a resounding yes – by running 3,000 kilometres and talking to everyone along the way about the importance of the Paris climate summit.

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Ray Bollman on site at CRRF conference Day #1 Plenary !