In recent years, there have been many organized assaults on science. The first time I noticed this was during the George W. Bush administration. He put politics before science and placed unqualified people in official science roles, amongst many other anti-science actions. In Canada, the Harper government performed similar assaults by muzzling federal scientists, closing research libraries, cutting funding to science, and eroding environmental laws & policies.
Of course, the Bush and Harper actions against science pale in comparison to the current US administration. Trump fuels conspiracy theories, tears apart environmental laws, rewords scientific reports, etc.
The public has also shifted away from Science, with anti-vaxxers, flat-earthers, chemtrailers, and climate deniers.
The COVID-19 pandemic, as bad as it is, has a silver lining. The public has a renewed interest in science. Scientists and doctors like Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Theresa Tam have become household names. Our return to normalcy is dependent on the scientific community and the development of effective vaccines.
So what does this have to do with Climate Change? My hope is that people will better understand the scientific process as they watch it occur in real-time. People will better understand that the process is at times messy, but as a whole, it moves forward towards the truth. People will be more apt to trust scientists and the science above politicians and politics. They will see that science and strong leadership, not chaos, and blind partisanship will steer the world in the right direction.
My hope is that people will see the significantly larger problem of Climate Change and force governments to create science-based policies. That is the only way to minimize the inevitable effects of Climate Change.