AAAS survey: 80 percent of adults say we're hurting oceans

iative of the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology. The new Center was founded to forge a better understanding between researchers and the general public on the increasingly complex scientific issues that affect our daily lives; and to enhance the public's input into scientific research agendas by creating opportunities for dialogue among policymakers, the public and the scientific community.

"We're hosting this marine science town hall meeting to encourage dialogue between the scientific community and the public. It's very timely because our survey also found that 65 percent of Americans don't trust scientists to put society's interests above their own personal goals," Leshner said. "AAAS established the Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology to provide opportunities for meaningful dialogue, and I think this survey shows we identified a real need."

The town hall meeting will be moderated by Ira Flatow of National Public Radio's "Science Friday," and hosted by Leshner; with speakers Jane Lubchenco, chair of marine biology at Oregon State University; John R. Delaney, professor of oceanography at the University of Washington; and Usha Varanasi, director, Northwest Fisheries Science Center. Also participating in the event and a preceding news briefing will be Jeff Koenings, Director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and others.

AAAS joined with the Seattle Aquarium; the Pacific Science Center, Puget Sound Water Quality Action Team; Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea (COMPASS); Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO); and SeaChange to hold this event.

Key survey findings include:

  • Nearly 80 percent said they believe human stresses are endangering coastal regions and oceans.
  • Another 20 percent believe that the oceans are vast and healthy enough to absorb pollution and other human stresses.
  • 31 percent sa

  • Contact: Ginger Pinholster
    American Association for the Advancement of Science

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