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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."

What's New

Environmental Communication: Research Into Practice - Fall 2016 course

There is still time to register for the fall session of Environmental Communication: Research Into Practice.

This course explores how the most relevant research and theory from communication, psychology, sociology, and political science can be used to improve the practice of science, sustainability and environmental communication. Participants get an overview of the field as we examine how language, images, narratives, values, frames and media come together in advocacy and social marketing campaigns, and other forms of public participation for environmental protection. We consider how communication is used to accomplish practical goals, as well as how it affects people's beliefs about nature and environmental affairs. To do this we use readings, examples, cases, recorded lectures, discussions, and the insights of leaders in the field. Participants have the opportunity to work on communication projects that are relevant to their specific interests.

Depoe's Environmental Communication Class: IECA Excursion Assignments Posted

IECA colleagues and others who teach environmental communication:  I have now required students in my COMM/EVST 4067 (Environmental Communication) class at the University of Cincinnati to become members of IECA for a couple of semesters.  We leverage members-only content, including the membership list, the "EC list" newsletter, and the journal ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATION, throughout the course.  This practice also teaches students what it means to join a professional association.  The students and I have gained significant value from this required class element at a very reasonable cost to students (currently $76 including journal subscription).

Animal Rhetorics at RSA Summer Institute 2017

Dear Friends, 

Alex Parrish and I are offering a workshop at next summer’s RSA institute - we would love for you to join us as a participant! It’s a great opportunity to start or finish a paper or develop a syllabus and assignments for that course you’ve been longing to offer! Information about the workshop is available here: https://www.indiana.edu/~iucweb/rsa17/workshops/animal-rhetorics/

If you haven’t already done so, check out our books now available in paperback (& order them for your library!): 

https://www.routledge.com/Adaptive-Rhetoric-Evolution-Culture-and-the-Art-of-Persuasion/Parrish/p/book/9781138954168

https://www.routledge.com/Perspectives-on-Human-Animal-Communication-Internatural-Communication/Plec/p/book/9780415640053

And here is the CRTNET post about the RSA summer institute and the seminars you can take before our fabulous workshop: 

Reminder - Call for Applications for 2017 Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute

Finding Common Ground in the Heated Debate on Climate Change

As the upcoming presidential election in the U.S. highlights major divides on climate change, Alison Bowers reflects on the challenges and possibilities.

The recently-released, annual State of the Climate report, led by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, describes a set of record high temperatures. In 2015, greenhouse gases were at their highest levels on record, as were global surface temperatures, sea surface temperatures, and global sea levels. The report also detailed disturbing changes in the Arctic, a large algal bloom in the Pacific Ocean, continued glacial retreat, and above average tropical cyclone activity. Clearly, climate change continues to be a major global issue demanding decisive and immediate action.

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