12/08/2010 10:46 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Doug Boucher: How Concerned Scientists Have Responded to Our Climate Change Failures

This is article 5 of 8 in the series about interviews with speakers at Cancun's "Forum on Communicating Climate Change." Click here to read the introduction.
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Doug Boucher is the Director of Climate Research and Analysis at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He stressed that the top priority of the Union of Concerned Scientists is to get the science right -- if they don't get the science right, they will lose their credibility. He was frustrated by public opinion, and noted that he and his organization (and many others) erred in 2007 when they thought that the public had finally been sufficiently convinced about climate change. He also noted, however, that Californians recently voted overwhelmingly in favor of an aggressive law to fight climate change, so there remains hope for public opinion to be swayed.

Next Article - Eileen Claussen: What is the road forward?

Other articles in series:

Andy Revkin: You've communicated this issue for 20 years. How does our collective failure make you feel?

Jennifer Scott: A Survey of COP16 participants reveals deep pessimism.

Anthony Leiserowitz: The global diversity of opinion on climate change.

Doug Boucher: How has the Union of Concerned Scientists responded to our failure to communicate climate change?

Eileen Claussen: What is the road forward?

Colin Beavan: How does "No Impact Man" talk about Progress?

Gonzalo Canseco: Why did Mexico choose to host a forum on climate change communication?