You must have heard of those metered strikes that never happen. Or the fact that some of the world’s islands may only exist for a decade or so before being submerged by global warming, but they still exist half a century later. While global warming may be a threat, are we still getting fake survival warnings to prepare ourselves when the time comes?
All major issues related to individual nations such as the 2016 presidential election in the US and the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom or issues that are of concern to the whole world such as global warming and climate change are threatened by fake news that can lead to There are disastrous results. While the topic of fake news has gained a wider audience after the 2016 US election, fake news still has a worrying effect on us.
Fake news is not a recent phenomenon and has been in existence for a long time but with the spread of internet and social media its influence has become more widespread. The phenomenon of fake news has been aided by the rapid expansion of the digital medium and its ability to quickly deliver any message across the globe. This leads to a situation where such fake news cannot be investigated, verified or challenged before being made available worldwide.
Scientists are battling with fake news. Scientists studying climate change are grappling with this phenomenon of fake news, which has been able to sow the seeds of confusion in the minds of the general public, whose support is needed to implement changes to save the environment as well as make decisions. It is the responsibility of the taker. To make decisions that are necessary, even when painful, to prevent further environmental damage.
In such a scenario it is necessary that scientists intensify their efforts for wide dissemination of correct and factual data so that people become more science literate and appreciate facts and do not leak misinformation campaigns and deliberate fake news. World bodies such as the United Nations believe that the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals can be met only if scientific literature and discoveries find a wider audience.
Misinformation campaigns and deliberately leaked fake news and controversies have led to a situation where surveys from both the US and UK show that even though most scientists agree with the fact that the phenomenon of modern-day climate change is significant. To some extent inspired by human activities. The general public is not aware of such a consensus on the issue, while many believe that it is still an unresolved issue. Such a massive denial of climate change and its causes is a direct result of the failure of the scientific community to effectively challenge fake news about the issue.
A change in habits is needed. In their quest for wide dissemination of accurate and factual data, scientists must take as their main objective their long inherent habit of sharing information among the scientific community and instead share their information not only with the scientific community but with the general public. Develop the habit of sharing. public too.
Scientists in their quest for dissemination of scientific information should make use of the help of latest technological tools so that they are able to develop effective means of two-way communication with the general public. The new interdisciplinary field of translational ecology could help scientists work toward turning environmental research into public policy.
Changing the current scenario to one where society understands and appreciates their point of view and is able to ascertain and understand the facts about climate change, if environmental issues are to gain wide support across the world. One way we can support the development of scientific thinking is by knowing what fake news is and trying to stop it from spreading.
What is Fake News? Since ancient times, rulers have skewered and planted news to serve their own interests. But distorting any news according to one’s beliefs or ideology cannot be called fake news. Fake news can be described as a completely fabricated story without any basis which has been prepared by vested interests to serve their purpose.
We are guilty too! Today with the advent of the Internet, everyone from an individual to the media to the government has a stake in spreading fake news, whether their motive for doing so varies from gaining political clout to achieving financial goals or a personal agenda. could. But how to know whether the news is real or fake?
When looking for fake news, look at the core of the news. If it is carried by a legitimate source of news then chances are that it will not be fake, but if it originated from sources you have not heard of or are of questionable nature, then you should take such news with a pinch of salt. And before you start believing it, verify it from a known authentic source. The most obvious way to stop the spread of fake news is through human intervention. Technology by itself cannot detect and isolate fake news. Realizing this dimension, Facebook has started such a practice and enlisted the International Fact Checking Network to look into news that users have intentionally flagged as fake.
To stop the spread of fake news, you must take responsibility for what you share. Do not share anything on social media without going into the details of the story or picture. Check the source of the story or photos you want to circulate and only share them if they come from some reputable sources.
Also start the practice of pinpointing any fake news to its sender. They may not know the correct facts and have forwarded it believing it to be true and you can help them to stop the spread of such news.
Only such collective actions of the scientific community and the general public will help us to tackle environmental issues like climate change.
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