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

Registration will open mid-May for the September 2022 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.


Re-MEDIAting the Wild

The 16th Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) “as you’ve never seen it before”

June 21-24, 2021, online everywhere

The International Environmental Communication Association (IECA) will hold the 16th Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) online everywhere in June 2021. This conference will mark IECA's 10th anniversary. As always, we will bring together artists, practitioners, scholars, students and engaged citizens from around the world to discuss the state of communication related to environmental affairs. We consider Indigenous perspectives to be central to this topic and therefore especially encourage the participation of Indigenous People.

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What's New at the IECA

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The International Environmental Communication Association condemns the invasion led by Putin and calls those responsible for a peaceful and just resolution. We are deeply concerned about our colleagues in Eastern Europe, all people affected by the military actions, and their environment. We support peace and believe in the fundamental role communication plays in peaceful transformation processes.
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“How are you? How are you really?” Whether inquiring about another’s condition, examining closely the state of an ecosystem, or reaching with empathy across political, cultural or species divides, a commitment to the well-being of the planet motivates our scholarship. Your desire to be in sunny Phoenix (in February) enjoying each other’s company and collegiality should motivate your submissions to the 2023 WSCA convention!

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As we enter year three of the global pandemic, it is clear that mothering is both essential and chronically undervalued. For the two editors of this special issue, we are among millions who are raising kin (human and nonhuman alike) in the Anthropocene. Who both worry desperately for what the future will look like, and who practice love and care in the face of crisis, extinction, contamination, aggression, and more. We are interested in taking seriously mothering and other forms of caregiving as radical acts of ecosurvival.

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This Blue Sky Workshop aims to bring together scholars working (or interested) in expanding and/or challenging the status quo and the western-centric approaches in environmental communication research. This workshop aims at opening spaces for conversations about a reimagined environmental communication research field. We hope that the discussions will serve as a foundation for a special issue in the journal Environmental Communication.

Together, we will reflect on the following themes and share our ideas and experiences as part of the workshop:

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Water is the medium through which we experience many of the impacts of climate change: in droughts or floods, in melting glaciers, rising sea levels and more. Accordingly, visualisations of water or its absence have been at the core of climate change media discourse for decades and have shaped popular perceptions of this crisis. In recent years, ‘water resilience’ has increasingly been embraced as a tool for addressing the impacts of climate change and other ongoing stressors; not only as a tool for adaptation, but also as a tool for mitigation that addresses the water-energy nexus and greenhouse gas emissions from water infrastructure.

Current Job Postings

Deputy Director, Partnerships Program - Yale Program on Climate Change Communication
Chief Digital Officer, D1 - UN Environment Programme
Postdoctoral Associates in Climate Communications - Yale Program on Climate Change Communication