08 June 2009
Scientists need artists
Randy Olson’s incoming book Don’t Be Such a Scientist delivers the message that "scientists need artists".
What kind of artists?
I would dare to say: people like Chris Jordan, with his mandala-mind devoted to raising environmental awareness.
Filmmakers like Yann Arthus-Bertrand, who can really make us wow and appreciate what we have and what we are losing.
Communicators like Annie Leonard, who can turn exceedingly complex scenarios into simple and understandable stories.
Thinkers like David Orr, who tackle the heart of the problem and propose real solutions rather than palliatives.
These are the bright minds and voices that our planet desperately needs, and that conservation biologists need, too, if they are to convey any message that is actually heard.
Photo by Chris Jordan