The International Environmental Communication Association

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About The IECA

The IECA is a professional nexus of practitioners, teachers, scholars, students, artists and organizations engaged in research and action to find more ethical and effective ways to communicate about environmental concerns in order to move society towards sustainability.

Our mission is to foster effective and inspiring communication that alleviates environmental issues and conflicts, and solves the problems that cause them.

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Environmental Communication: What it is and Why it Matters

Membership Benefits

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Online Course

Register now for the January 2019 session of Environmental Communication: Research Into Practice

This course will help you to understand what's distinct about environmental communication and why it's not necessarily the same as other types of public interest or political communication. We'll consider the unique and difficult challenges of communicating well around environmental affairs and sustainability. We’ll explore why much environmental communication today is not as effective as it could be, and is all too often counter-productive. And we’ll give you the information and critical perspective you need to make better communication choices.



Waterlines: Confluence and Hope through Environmental Communication

June 17-21, 2019, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

We are excited to have you join us for the The 15th biennial Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) on the Point Grey headland, surrounded by forest and ocean, with views of the Coast Mountains, all of which is part of the traditional unceded territory of the Musqueam people. This is a conference for artists, practitioners, students and researchers. All are welcome. The call for submissions is now available with a deadline of November 15, 2018.

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What's New at the IECA

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Greetings Folks,

A month or two back, long-time member, and former IECA chair and EC journal editor Steve Depoe, suggested we support the National Science Teachers Association's position statement on "The Teaching of Climate Science." The board wholeheartedly agreed and I drafted a letter for the board to review, edit and OK for release.

Finally, I've completed and mailed a letter to the NSTA in support of their position. Below is the letter.


Richard J. Doherty, Chair

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IECA/California State Fresno Workshop OCTOBER 30, 2018

Virtual, free, and a great way to strengthen Environmental Communications!

YOU’RE INVITED to a free, interactive workshop at California State University, Fresno, on Tuesday, October 30. This is a regional IECA event in partnership with California State University Fresno. It brings together practitioners, students, and others to help strengthen our understanding and ability to communicate about the environment. Virtual participation is available!

Founding member Bruno Takahashi and his colleague Sonny Rosenthal have a new edited book out of case studies of environmental communication in minority communities. Entitled Environmental Communication Among Minority Populations, the book features 6 studies. Takahashi is Research Director and Associate Professor at the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, Michigan State University, USA. Rosenthal is Assistant Professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

IECA founding member Anders Hansen, University of Leicester, UK, publishes a new edition of Environment, Media and Communication.

The second edition builds on the first edition’s framework for analysing and understanding media and communication roles in the politics of the environment. It draws on the significant and continuing growth and advances in the field of environmental communication research to show the increasing diversification and complexity of environmental communication. The book highlights the persistent urgency of examining how communication about the environment is being influenced and manipulated, with implications for how and indeed whether environmental challenges are being addressed and dealt with.

Recent Job Postings

Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication - Department of Communication at the State University of New York at New Paltz
Postdoctoral researcher - Communication and Society Research Centre, University of Minho
Director - Media Center for Science and Technology - University of Oregon, Media Center for Science and Technology
Postdoctoral Associate, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science - Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Stony Brook University