Public participation is both invaluable and problematic in climate deliberations. This was discussed by Thomas Dietz in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences at a symposium in 2012 on “Bringing Science to Science Deliberation.”
“Decisions always involve both facts and values, whereas science communication only involves facts.” Dietz discusses what makes a good decision, why it is difficult to make good decisions about climate, and the ways in which public participation affects decision-making.
Recently, the subject of human well-being and the environment was covered by Dr. Dietz in the National Academies Press: Transitioning towards Sustainability, the proceedings from the January 2016 conference which revisited the 1999 National Academies of Sciences’ goals of “advancing the scientific foundation..for environmentally sustainable improvements in human well-being.”
They found significant “advances in observational and predictive capacities…including frameworks for environmental decision-making.” A little research finds that Dr. Dietz’s contribution in the 2016 proceedings is based on a long career in the science of human ecology including adaptive risk management and incorporating values into research. He is Professor of Sociology and Environmental Science and Assistant Vice President of Environmental Research at Michigan State University.