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On advocacy by environmental scientists: what, whether, why, and how.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19459889     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Debate about the nature and appropriateness of advocacy by environmental scientists is important--it represents understanding the role of these citizens in our society. Much has been written about advocacy by scientists, and that literature describes substantial diversity in reasons why advocacy by scientists is or is not appropriate. Despite the nature of this literature there has been no comprehensive, systematic review of why some favor and others oppose advocacy by environmental scientists. Through a literature review we catalogued, categorized, and critiqued the arguments used for and against the appropriateness of advocacy by environmental scientists. Most arguments, whether for or against advocacy, are characterized by some significant deficiency. From our analysis of the literature an argument emerges that to date has never been fully articulated: that advocacy is nearly unavoidable, and that scientists, by virtue of being citizens first and scientists second, have a responsibility to advocate to the best of their abilities, to improve their advocacy abilities, and to advocate in a justified and transparent manner. We also discuss the meaning and relevance of advocacy being justified and transparent. We suggest scientists expend their efforts to better understand what constitutes appropriate advocacy and spend less effort pondering whether they should advocate.
Authors:
Michael P Nelson; John A Vucetich
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.     Date:  2009-05-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  Conservation biology : the journal of the Society for Conservation Biology     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1523-1739     ISO Abbreviation:  Conserv. Biol.     Publication Date:  2009 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-09-21     Completed Date:  2009-11-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9882301     Medline TA:  Conserv Biol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1090-101     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48825, USA. mpnelson@msu.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Consumer Advocacy*
Environment*
Ethics
Morals
Science*
Uncertainty

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