Engineers as advocates for sustainable development: Countering misinformation and the need for Aristotelian rhetoric
Fenner, Richard A.
University College Cork
The paper argues that engineers need to take action as advocates for sustainable development, and for spotting and correcting fake news and mis-information. The spread of counter factual information is reviewed and its impact on encouraging denial of globally important issues, such as climate change is highlighted. Strategies for responding and correcting misinformation are presented and the importance of understanding and engaging in persuasive arguments through the application of the ethos, logos and ethos of Aristotelian rhetoric is explored. The paper presents examples of classroom exercises where these concepts are considered and developed with engineering graduate students and concludes by calling for such students to develop a voice as advocates for sustainable development.
Sustainable development , Engineering education , Fake news , Mis-information
Fenner, R. A. (2021) ‘Engineers as advocates for sustainable development: Countering misinformation and the need for Aristotelian rhetoric,’ EESD2021: Proceedings of the 10th Engineering Education for Sustainable Development Conference, 'Building Flourishing Communities', University College Cork, Ireland, 14-16 June.