Weaver: “I was flabbergasted that here is some physics nerd who can stand up in front of the people and tell them what I think they need to hear as opposed to what they want to hear … and get elected.”
That’s Andrew Weaver, a mathematician and physicist who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Canada.
Weaver: “And invariably I’d get responses — well, there’s no one to vote for. Or they’re all the same. And I would say, ‘you know what, well, then you run.’ There was only so many times that I could give that talk without actually reflecting upon practicing what I preached.”
So in 2013, Weaver ran as the BC Green Party candidate and won. In the process, he realized the public is hungry for more evidence-based decision making, which comes naturally to a scientist.
Weaver: “You know, complaining is easy, but give it a go.”
After all, if a self-proclaimed physics nerd can get elected, perhaps you can, too!
Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.
Photo: Andrew Weaver (source: Oak Bay Gorden Head community website).
Andrew Weaver’s publications
The Alberta Oil Sands and Climate
Climate Scientist Strikes Back: Libel, Canada, and the Meaning of Weaver vs. National Post
The court settlement: Weaver v. Corcoran (2015 British Columbia Supreme Court 165)
Climate Scientist Andrew Weaver Wins $50,000 in Defamation Suit Against National Post
B.C. MLA Andrew Weaver wins defamation suit against National Post