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Front. Commun.
Sec. Science and Environmental Communication
Volume 9 - 2024 | doi: 10.3389/fcomm.2024.1297246

Scientific Communication and Scientific Literacy for the Public Perception of the Importance of Environmental Quality for Public Health Provisionally Accepted

  • 1Laboratório de Comunicação Celular - Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), Brazil
  • 2Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Rio de Janeiro, Instituto Roberto Alcantara Gomes de Biologia, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 3Oswaldo Cruz Institute, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), Brazil

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The interplay between environmental degradation, social disparities, and disease emergence, has become clearer than ever in the last decades, emphasizing the need for scientific approaches to protect human and environmental health. Despite scientific consensus, however, the general public often lacks awareness and understanding of these relationships. Misinformation and compartmentalized knowledge further complicate conveying the importance of the subject to the lay population. Thus, scientists must engage in effective scientific communication and promote scientific literacy (SL) among the public. This study discusses the strategies that may be employed to overcome disinformation and enhance scientific literacy and communication, all of which are paramount to deepen the understanding of the connections between biodiversity conservation, environmental health, and public well-being, empowering individuals to take informed actions for a sustainable and healthy future.

Keywords: Science Communication, Scientific literacy, Public Understanding of Science, Environmental Health, Climate Change, Biodiversity, Public Health

Received: 19 Sep 2023; Accepted: 10 Apr 2024.

Copyright: © 2024 Lopes, Comarú, Pierini, de Souza and Hauser-Davis. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence:
Mx. Renato M. Lopes, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), Laboratório de Comunicação Celular - Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Dr. Rachel A. Hauser-Davis, Oswaldo Cruz Institute, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), Rio de Janeiro, 21040-900, Paraná, Brazil