Further evidence that “Nature”, formerly a serious science journal, has become a mouthpiece for political activism:
Nature Climate Change has just published an article “The supply of climate leaders must grow” by Thomas Bateman, from the School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, and Michael Mann, who needs no introduction.
The subheading is
To catalyse climate transformation, we need leadership everywhere. It is time for more of us to take the first steps to lead actively.
And the aim of the paper is explained at the end of the introduction:
Here we aim to provide both a leadership nudge and leadership guidance to Nature Climate Change readers.
How kind of them to share their leadership expertise. I hope everyone is paying attention. Their pearls of wisdom include this model of clarity and precision:
To take the Paris agreement forward, we must lead toward more collaborative and integrative work as part of an intensified action agenda, strengthen action on both mitigation and adaptation before 2020, and — before and after 2020 — mobilize finance, technology and capacity-building support.
Perhaps we should adopt this as the CliScep slogan: “Leading toward more collaborative and integrative work as part of an intensified action agenda” seems to be a good description of what we are doing here.
The experts then inform us that we are witnessing a species-level adaptation failure:
Considering the severity of the climate challenge, our leadership crisis is a species-level adaptation failure that individuals and groups must take upon themselves to remedy.
As the article continues, the sentences compete with each other for vacuous cliché-ridden incoherence:
Throughout, an essential type of leadership is transcendent, bridging lateral boundaries rather than working downward or upward along hierarchical authority lines.
Adaptive leaders think strategically and apply psychological knowledge of decision-making and behaviour change, adding to their own behavioural diversity in ways that enhance their personal effectiveness, as well as enhance systems adaptability and species survival.
Adaptive leaders do not need to know all the answers. They do need to be willing to jump into the pool, try things with an experimental mindset, and learn as they go.
Specific suggestions for “moving our own leadership forward” include:
* Face realities (when is Mann going to face the reality that many of his colleagues think his work is “crap”?)
* Scan for the right opportunities, like Marrakech (see this clip of young climate leaders who took that advice).
* Leave silos and transcend boundaries. “Climate leaders need to talk and forge productive working relationships with people holding differing perspectives, knowledge and interests.”
Their conclusion is:
When a current trajectory needs to change and our leaders are not making that happen, more of us must grab the leadership reins.
… followed by more gibberish about “species adaptation” and “behavioural repertoires”. This would be worrying, if it weren’t so laughable.