Our Vision and Goals
Our vision is to preserve nature for future generations of all life on Earth.
A note about advocacy and science
Sometimes scientists criticize each other for advocacy. All scientists advocate for our science including the process, methods, interpretations, and communication of it. Even if they don't realize they are doing it, each scientific communication we make is advocating for our science. It seems the activist part of that advocacy is what most scientists are actually shying away from - the idea of being vocal and out there in advocacy for science.
The other misconception might be the idea that ANY advocacy is biasing. But that myth has been debunked by several fields of scholarship proving that we scientists all approach questions (and how we answer them) with some viewpoint that shapes the questions we ask and don't ask, as much as the answers we get and emphasize. So, subjectivity enters into science and may create bias. The trick lies in reducing bias and making it transparent if some remains. That trick is a work in progress for most (all?) scientists and we here have chosen transparency about our value judgments or starting assumptions. See our transparent statement of value judgments here.. Beware of the scientists who do not make their value judgments transparent.
Public scientists have a duty to advocate for the broadest public including future generations, for good governance, for fulfilling the duties of public trustees, and for the best available science. Carnivore Coexistence Lab created this website for the Carnivore Coexistence Collaborative (CCC) to report on advocacy and outreach. CCC also presents a new 2019 webpage on standards of evidence and scientific integrity.
We work towards our vision in several ways:
We work to hold governments accountable to the broad public interest for preserving nature, and regulating its use by current generations, as a trust for futurity.
To live up to our own obligations as public scientists, we conduct research, outreach, and education to support the broad public interest, while aiming for the highest scientific integrity.