Clarifying the perception of chemicals as unnatural is a crucial step towards a more conclusive public dialogue about the role of chemistry in the environment.
Coming from a background in chemistry, my path towards the environmental humanities was inspired by the impression that many environmental problems do not (only) lack a technical solution but rather stem from the absence of effective scientific communication, public engagement, and legal or economic regulations. After studying environmental studies, literary theory, and philosophy, I am now eager to contribute to the societal understanding of technology scepticism with a special focus on the public’s perception of chemicals. I hope to contribute to a society that is informed about as well as reflective towards the material and technological basis it stands on.
Chemicals have a negative reputation in the environmental discourse, sometimes they are even considered unnatural. But what does that mean, and how does it influence the way we perceive chemicals in our everyday lives?