Decentering Science in Climate Communication


In this article, Walsh explores the history of models for producing and communicating climate knowledge and discusses the entanglement of science with neoliberalism. She states that even more recent models that seek the “coproduction” of climate knowledge view “civil society” as a source of creativity and free labor, leading to technocratic solutions and removing potential for resistance. She argues that alternative models of communication are needed, which decenter science from its privileged position as the sole authority on the climate, and instead center the needs of vulnerable communities.