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Environmental Communication:
Research Into Practice

"This isn’t just another course on effective communication. It’s not about how to write compelling copy or design a stunning advocacy ad. It’s deeper than that.

This course will help you to understand the unique and sometimes near-impossible challenges of communicating well around environmental affairs and sustainability.

We’ll show you 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."


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Glocal news and COP21

The week before I left for the COP21 talks, I spent a considerable amount of time driving around my local neighborhoods in Miami and watching water pool on the streets. It bubbled up rapidly through storm drains, spreading across streets, turning green grass into yellow stalks, sloshing across roadways as cars splashed through and people held their shoes in their hands to gingerly tiptoe across.


No, it wasn’t a water main break or a storm: It’s higher sea levels, combined with a rainy year and the passage of annual king tides, which together mean that the infrastructure that was constructed decades ago to deal with flooding is simply being overwhelmed. And it means a glimpse into our future, as seas continue to rise at accelerated rates, when such flooding will be the new normal.

So more than ever, as a scholar who studies interfaces of news media and democracy, as well as a citizen who experiences climate change at a local level, I wonder: What will the news narrative of the COP21 talks be? If you view, as I do, news a social construction, then how media translate these talks for global audiences has particular urgency. It certainly does for those like me, who live on coastlines that are rapidly transforming, as it does for others, who live where the forests are disappearing, or where the rain has gone away, where the storms are more ferocious, or where once ubiquitous species are disappearing at alarming rates.

COP@21: A Reluctant Climate Justice Activist-Scholar Blog Post

(An automated email alert sent by my university to my inbox this morning) “Members should avoid all demonstrations by environmental activists due to take place in the coming days in several European capital and main cities as a basic security precaution. … Avoid all protests related to the COP21 Conference due to the risk of localised violence between participants and the police. Any unrest is likely to be swiftly contained by the police, though may temporarily pose incidental risks to bystanders.” (International SOS Security Advisories, 11/27/15)

(Conversation in my living room this morning) “Ma, why do you have to leave today?”
“Well, honey, I think climate change is the most important issue today, and I have an opportunity to help bring attention to it. (pause) To help your future be safer.”

As my almost 6 year old looked at me with skepticism, I wondered if my child sensed my doubt. Would going make a difference? Who am I to think I matter?

Environmental International Film Festival of Mexico


APRIL 19th to 24th, 2016. CUERNAVACA, MORELOS.


This call if for the official selection feature documentary films to participate at the 7th edition fo this Film Festival. Production 2014-2016 concerning a wide range of environmental topics will be considered. All films should not have been commercially exhibited in Mexico before. All material must be presented in its original version, with subtitles in Spanish or English, we ask to please upload the film and send the private link (Vimeo, Youtube, etc.).

The deadline to receive material for the competition selection is November 27th, 2015.

The selected films will be notified by Cinema Planeta´s Programming Department by January 22nd 2016.

Any person interested must fill out the Entry Form at the Festival web page: or at . Otherwise, your film will not be able to compete.




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