The dangers of separating science and environment


Does the natural world have any relevance to modern science? Of course it does; but sometimes it seems like that’s not the case. This is a myth perpetuated directly and indirectly through media, policy decisions, academic disciplines, even some science engagement initiatives: that the natural world is somehow separate from science.

Read the rest of my piece published today in Ensia magazine.

© Manu Saunders 2015

5 thoughts on “The dangers of separating science and environment

  1. Paula Peeters August 14, 2015 / 9:45 AM

    I wonder if the same point-of-view that sidelines ecology when covering ‘science’ is the same one that also dismisses the validity of other types of nature writing – especially, it seems, in Australia. Yet many readers do have an affection for, and a deep interest in the natural world. I think the place of nature / ecology in Australian culture is still unsettled and uneasy. On the one hand we have those who still celebrate our pioneering past and the domination/utilization of nature; on the other we have those fighting conservation battles to save what’s left. I think we need something in the middle – a space for wonder, awe, joy and delight, that definitely includes good science, and science communication.

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    • Manu Saunders August 14, 2015 / 11:16 AM

      Thanks Paula, great comment. Yes, balance is definitely needed. I agree, there are too many ambiguities around what nature/ecology actually ‘means’, and the popular media portrayal of nature as either fluffy & irrelevant, or ‘time out’ from the real world, doesn’t help.

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  2. sleather2012 August 19, 2015 / 12:25 AM

    Going by how politicians and government departments talk about science the UK government tends not to consider biology as a science (except perhaps when medically related)

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    • Manu Saunders August 19, 2015 / 8:59 AM

      Yes, it’s a bit like that here too 🙂

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