I stumbled across this article this morning that makes for interesting (and somewhat concerning) reading. The article takes a survey of the proportions of politicians across a number of continents that are qualified scientists. The results are very disappointing.
It turns out that politicians with scientific training are somewhat rare. The most popular educational fields for politicians are law and business. No big surprise there.
What concerns me is that issues such as climate change are being assessed and prioritised by politicians, who have no training in science. The scientific consensus is that something needs to be done about climate change now, however it is the politicians, who have the job of actually implementing policies to curb societies’ greenhouse emissions who get the final say.
It seems that to get the message of science across, we need to tackle the world of politics. Claire Krause for prime minister!
Read the full article here.