Randy Olson, Hope Is for Environmentalists, Trust Is for Scientists, The Solutions Journal, Volume 2, Issue 1, January 2011, Pages 33-34 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/hope-is-for-environmentalists-trust-is-for-scientists/) Abstract: Let’s talk about the differences between environmentalists and scientists. They both seek the support of the general public but, at least in theory, their goals are different. For starters, environmentalists know what they want. Scientists don’t. Environmentalists want a specific outcome. Scientists seek only knowledge. Environmentalists know they want this particular forest or that specific estuary to be protected. Their mission is to communicate with the public in a manner that will prompt people to part with time or money to help “win” the battle to protect nature. Environmentalists are waging a struggle against their opposition, which means there is a competitive element to their mission involving the hope of winning and the fear of losing. Scientists, on the other hand, are on a quest for knowledge—a quest that in its purest form is so objective there really is no goal. For a true scientist, if chemical A cures cancer, or chemical A does not cure cancer, the … Topics: Climate Change; Technology