We believe a core, yet undervalued, intellectual activity of university professors is participation in advocacy. It the term “advocacy” has become pejorative, then perhaps academics need to better convey the importance of evaluating options in a responsible and accountable manner, and of advocating one option, or set of options, over others based on the weight of evidence. Academics leave advocacy to others at their own peril. Should academics advocate? In our collective opinion, it is essential that they do so.
Should Academics Advocate on Environmental Issues? (restricted access) by Lee Foote, Naomi Krogman, John Spence in Society and Natural Resources, 22:579-589