Superficially it may not be obvious, but science is and has been one of the most impressive human groups throughout the history of mankind.
Advances in medical research have allowed us to live longer and with a better quality of life. Cures and medical solutions have been developed for symptoms, pain, allergies, infections and a host of conditions that a few decades ago had wreaked havoc on society. Not to mention the contributions to create new methods of obtaining water, making food more efficient and energy alternatives that have only shown that the exploitation of fossil fuels is no longer the best way to obtain energy.
The world changes and it is incredible how without realizing all these discoveries and inventions changed our lives. Now they have become so everyday that there are even scientific developments behind sports, music, entertainment and communications. It is interesting to observe that in everything that surrounds us, science and technology are present.
Although the scientific community is not as visualized at a popular level, there is a close relationship between the professional objectives of a scientist and the needs of society. In a certain way, listening to the world’s problems has become a motivator that feeds the passion for discovering new answers that solve the needs of the present and those that come in the future.
In a way, we could express that this link between science and society is invisible to the common eye.
Unfortunately, this invisibility has created a communication gap between the parties that generate solutions and the populations that suffer needs.
The comprehensive involvement of citizens, communities and leaders is necessary to make the problems visible. To set the limits in which currently civil organizations can no longer act due to lack of alternatives. In this way, science should respond to the needs of society and global challenges such as the Sustainable Development Goals. Thus, together and with a commitment to the benefit of society itself, a series of initiatives can be proposed that require citizen participation to obtain sufficient information to take significant action.
This close involvement should result in the generation of public policies that favor the implementation of solutions backed by scientific research. Governments need to understand the science behind big global challenges like climate change, ocean health, biodiversity loss and freshwater security. Likewise, one must be aware that scientific research alone is not enough to develop impressive solutions. But rather the evolution of that knowledge applied to innovations that can be used as tools to address the challenges within our society.
One of the most relevant cases are the efforts for sustainable development.
Where governments and citizens have seen the need to understand the language of science, to adopt a culture where, through knowledge, the population has been made aware of the consequences of climate change. Daily actions and initiatives in favor of sustainability have been adopted and scientific-based solutions have been explored to implement in cities or countries. It is the perfect example of how by understanding the problems governments face, developing solutions can directly impact the everyday world.
In the end, none of this is possible without the involvement of citizens. Since current challenges are multidisciplinary, both in development and in execution, and science can become the perfect tool to obtain the necessary knowledge to create impactful solutions and lead us as a society towards a more equitable and sustainable future.