It’s a case study in facts vs. misinformation. Last week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a long-awaited report; a “scientific blueprint” for how we can reach the global goals agreed to in Paris in 2015.
Ontario has cancelled its cap and trade system, which was created to reduce the province’s greenhouses gas (GHG) emissions. Premier Doug Ford has also promised to oppose implementing the federal carbon tax.
When decision-makers need to make a call about policy, where do they get their information from? Who helps to inform their decisions? How do they weigh information coming from different sources such as their party, local constituents, and external players like lobbyists, and think tanks? What kind of data are they able to take into account, and how?
This is a guest blog post from Amanda Veri, a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. After some training and a few conversations with E4D staff, Amanda had a sucessful meeting with Stephen Lecce (King-Vaughan). Read on to find out why she chose to meet with him and what she thinks you can do as a researcher.