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Engaging in Dialogue: Naomi Oreskes and the Red State Pledge

News | October 14th, 2023

By Brie Storsved

brie.storsved@gmail.com

Naomi Oreskes is a highly esteemed professor of the history of sciences at Harvard University. Her research focuses on the reality of anthropogenic climate change. With an impressive resume that includes authoring nine books and publishing over 150 scholarly articles, Oreskes is a recognized authority in her field.

Some of her notable books include Why Trust Science? (2019) and Science on a Mission: How Military Funding Shaped What We Do and Don’t Know about the Ocean (2021). In addition to her academic work, Oreskes has contributed opinion pieces to various publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Times (London), and Frankfurter Allgemeine.

In 2015, Naomi Oreskes wrote the Introduction to the Melville House edition of the Papal Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality, Laudato Si. Her 2010 book with Erik M. Conway, Merchants of Doubt, has been translated into nine languages and made into a documentary film.

In recognition of her contributions, Oreskes was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2018 and the British Academy Medal in 2019. Her latest book with Erik Conway, The Big Myth: How American Business Taught Us to Loath Government and Love the Free Market, is scheduled to be published by Bloomsbury Press in February 2023.

This is some of what she talked about in this one on one with the Valley City State University students:

Oreskes' "Red State Pledge" is a testament to her dedication to engaging with people from all perspectives. She believes that it is essential to engage with those who view the world differently to become a better scholar and a better human being.

Oreskes has a rich academic background in geology, having worked with a mining company in Australia for three years and taught geology at the university level. She also took Philosophy of Science courses and currently teaches graduates and undergraduates at Harvard, not just in one science field.

In addition to her impressive academic achievements, Oreskes is also an activist and a leading voice in the fight against climate change. She recently visited Valley City State University in North Dakota for a presentation and one-on-one talk with students.

In a recent phone call, Oreskes learned that 264 people had died in a heatwave and that an organization is now suing the fossil fuel industry for direct death caused by climate changes caused by fossil fuels. She will act as an expert in this matter.

Oreskes has been the subject of attacks from the fossil fuel industry due to her work on the reality of climate change, which she details in her book Merchants of Doubt. She believes that the problem is political and that people fear change, which makes it difficult to make progress on the issue.

Regarding what individuals can do to help the cause, Oreskes advises that people should join organizations and talk to their parents about the issue. While it can be challenging to persuade parents who may dismiss the issue, Oreskes believes that they are doing a disservice to their children by ignoring the reality of climate change.

Oreskes also recognizes that people are often not outright deniers of climate change, but rather believe that we still have time to solve the issue. She argues that this is not true and that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and taxpayers will be the ones to pay the price in the end.

In her work, Dr. Oreskes recognizes the powerful impact of effective communication and strives to ensure her message reaches as many people as possible. She acknowledges that the significance of her contributions to addressing climate change may not always be immediately apparent. However, she believes that even a single person understanding and acting upon the scientific evidence is a step in the right direction. Dr. Oreskes likens her work to a message in a bottle, hoping that someone will receive her S.O.S. and take action.

Naomi Oreskes' contributions to the study of climate change and her commitment to engaging with diverse communities, as reflected in her Red State Pledge, demonstrate her passion for scientific truth and the need to address climate change collectively.

By drawing attention to efforts aimed at suppressing scientific evidence, she encourages the public to scrutinize information from various sources critically. In the face of opposition and personal attacks, Dr. Oreskes remains steadfast in her mission to ensure a sustainable future for humanity. Through her work and engagement, she inspires others to take action and contribute to the fight against climate change.

In conclusion, Naomi Oreskes' contributions to the study of climate change and her commitment to engaging with diverse communities demonstrate her dedication to scientific truth and the urgent need to address climate change collectively. 

By shedding light on efforts to suppress scientific evidence, she encourages the public to critically evaluate information from various sources. Despite facing opposition and personal attacks, Oreskes remains steadfast in her mission to secure a sustainable future for humanity.

Through her work and engagements, she inspires others to take action and make their own contributions to the fight against climate change.

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