An amazing chat that ranged over the power of data storytelling, the impact of scientific fraud, and how to stay positive in the face of environmental catastrophe, Professor Euan Ritchie is a remarkable science communicator, an Ecologist, and a seriously lovely human being.
“Data is power and knowledge, and if we have good data it gives us opportunities to make better decisions, and make choices between different decisions, about which decision might be the best, and the most effective, and the most efficient.”
“Being taught by Professor Terry Hughes, Coral expert, and Professor Stephen Williams, who’s an expert in mammals and birds and reptiles of the wet tropics of north Queensland, they were both warning me in the mid 90s and early 2000s about what the possible impacts of climate change would be, either for coral bleaching, and animals having to move up mountains as it got hotter because they’d run out of places to live. And as worrying as I thought that was at the time, I also partly thought maybe they were being a little bit pessimistic and it won’t be that bad. But what they said has come to pass, and in fact in some cases far quicker and more severely than we would have hoped. So it is really upsetting, but we can’t give up.”