Should scientists speak up for climate action?

Should scientists speak up for climate action?

News Type: State, Regional, Federal Source: High Country News
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This article was originally published by Undark and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. 

I was recently chatting with a friend who specializes in science education when we touched upon a conundrum: Researchers who study climate change grasp the dire need to cut planet-warming carbon emissions that come from burning fossil fuels, yet many of them shrink from voicing their views at public events or to the press. The stock-in-trade of scientists is their objectivity, my friend explained. The worry is that advocating for an agenda may diminish their credibility, hurt their careers, and make them sitting ducks for political attacks online. But what are their moral obligations here? What should they do?