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Register now for the September 2018 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.

What does environmental communication look like?

Warning: This is going to get a bit meta.

Ever since launching the IECA website 7 years ago, one question has pursued me. What does environmental communication look like?

Visitors to the site will be very familiar with the image of the green phone box in the countryside that decorates the home page. You might even be a bit tired of it :-)

Well, change is coming. We will soon be working on an overdue update to the IECA website. We will be re-theming (changing the look) of the site. And we will be making it mobile-friendly by using a responsive design. At the same time, we want to add some new images.

So, how can we show environmental communication in action? I don't mean how to show environmental issues like climate change, air pollution, forest plunder, etc. No, this is meta. How can we show communication about those and other environmental issues?

#InclusiveSciComm: A Symposium on Advancing Inclusive Public Engagement with Science

#InclusiveSciComm: A Symposium on Advancing Inclusive Public Engagement with Science
September 28-29, 2018
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI

Hosted by the University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute in partnership with the Rhode Island Consortium for Coastal Ecology Assessment Innovation & Modeling (RI C-AIM), the symposium will bring together professionals and students across a wide range of disciplines to discuss challenges, opportunities, and strategies for prioritizing inclusive approaches toward science communication and public engagement with science.

Waterlines: Confluence and Hope through Environmental Communication

The 15th biennial Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE)
June 17-21, 2019, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Conference Theme

These are turbulent times for environmental communicators. A shared understanding of what is at stake, let alone the terms of the debates over environmental issues and conflicts, remains elusive. Moreover, the lines of communication among advocates for environmental protection, the public and policy-makers are increasingly choked with misinformation and distrust.

At the same time, global demand for energy seems insatiable. Despite significant movement towards renewable energy sources, powerful interests advance the continued and accelerated extraction of fossil fuels as well as the pollution of public discussion on social, economic and environmental concerns. This makes advancing adequate responses to climate change and other environmental issues ever more urgent and difficult.

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