The UK Meteorology Bureau is running a training course on climate change, but not just any course. According to the flyer you don’t need any prior scientific training and you will learn how to “dispel sceptism”.
Climate change — what you need to know
A seminar for professionals 2008
The scientific evidence is overwhelming — our climate is changing. These changes will affect all organisations – commercial and governmental, local and international.
To plan effectively for the future, influencers and decision-makers need to understand how the climate will change and how this may impact their organisation. This one-day seminar from the Met Office will equip you with the knowledge of climate change you need to:
Make the best decisions for your organisation, so that the plans you make today safeguard your future success in a changing climate.
Using the latest research from the world-leading Met Office Hadley Centre – the authoritative voice on climate change – this seminar builds an understanding of why and how our climate is changing and the likely impacts. Focusing on how we can plan for the future, this seminar also explores some of the options available for organisations to reduce (mitigate) and prepare for (adapt to) climate change.
What you’ll learn
By the end of the seminar, you will:
- understand why and how our climate is changing and the likely impacts;
- be equipped to dispel scepticism about climate change in your organisation and ensure your colleagues’ engagement;
- know the steps you need to take to factor climate change into the decisions you make for your organisation.
Who should attend
This seminar is designed for professionals in the public and private sectors. It’s particularly appropriate for those with responsibility for, or interest in, planning, projects and policies. No prior scientific training is required.
I find it extraordinary that an institution that purports to be about science, a bureau of meteorology, would seek to “dispel sceptism”.
Science is the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experimentation. Science is about inquiry and is best undertaken by those who are inquisitive, prepared to question, to doubt, to ruthlessly follow the evidence.
That the UK Meteorology Bureau, a place of science, is concerned with “dispelling sceptism” is a worrying sign. Indeed without scepticism, can education be more than propaganda?