These models are always predicated on a number of contingencies – such as the movement as a globe to a lower or even zero carbon emission future. As such, science communicates to us, the public, what will potentially happen if we are able to come together and work through this global threat.
This is where academics need to work with not just other disciplines, but also fellow colleagues around the world, to build momentum and pressure on policy makers to shift their mentalities towards making good choices now, as a measure of precaution for what might happen if we do not.
A big component of this of course is science, but the nature of wicked problems and the capacity for political institutions especially to deal with them, means that we desperately need collaboration over continents.
Our actions shape the future
We need to collaborate in areas such as intergenerational justice or ethics for dealing with the future now – an understanding that whatever we do in this present day has an impact not just on other people across our world, but on future generations who are yet to be born.
Unless we can actively communicate and develop ideas with our colleagues overseas, these massive challenges for our future will be left under-researched and potentially not dealt with appropriately.
We need open channels across disciplines and continents to make the best of our present day choices, for those future generations who will have to deal with the results of them.
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