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 is now open for the September 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.

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Conference

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.

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What's New at the IECA

Matthew Nisbet's picture

As climate change advocates, we are often told to be more like our political opponents: more ruthless, more cunning, more aggressive, more willing to bend facts to our side, and more committed to the most audacious and ambitious policies, regardless of their flaws.

We are all too quick to rally around the banner of those voices that emphasize “us versus them,” “good versus bad,” and “winning versus losing.” We view those opposed to action on climate change as extreme but seldom apply the same label to those on our side.

Yet the more we become angry and the more we catastrophize about the future, the less likely we are to find common ground or even be able to treat our political opponents as human beings, I argued in a May 1 address to the American Climate Leadership Summit held in Washington, D.C.

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Jill Hopke's picture

On Tuesday the Columbia Journalism Review and The Nation jointly announced a new project, “Covering Climate Change: A New Playbook for a 1.5-Degree World,” with the goal of improving climate change reporting among U.S. media with a one-day town hall in New York City at the Columbia Journalism School.

In the interest of not contributing carbon-emissions by traveling from Chicago to New York, I followed along via the event’s live-stream, an archive of which is available on YouTube. In an important element of user-generated content, London-based freelance environmental journalist Juan Mayorga provided Spanish translation via Twitter.

One theme of the day was that climate change is the context for all sorts of stories, not just ones about climate science. “Climate is not a story,” said panelist and author Naomi Klein. “It is the backdrop for all of our other stories. It is life.”

The #CoveringClimateNow project is well-timed and needed. It’s long overdue, for that matter. The IPCC’s special report on 1.5 °C warming in the fall, along with the U.S. Fourth National Climate Assessment, again sounded the alarm on climate change. Media coverage of climate change in relation to extreme weather events in 2018, from heat waves to wildfires, or the lack thereof, elicited public discussion, especially commentary that media outlets weren’t doing enough to draw connections to climate change. NPR Public Editor Elizabeth Jensen opined on factors that continue to make climate change a challenge for journalists to cover, particularly for non-climate beat reporters covering breaking news. My research on the extent to which media coverage of extreme weather events discusses climate issues shows that for both heat waves and wildfires, climate change issue attention increased significantly from summer 2013 to 2018.

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Bruno Takahashi's picture

Dear colleagues,

Final call for submission of chapter proposals for the ICA Handbook of International Trends in Environmental Communication. Abstracts are due tomorrow to btakahas@msu.edu.

 

 

Franzisca Weder's picture

Anyone in D.C. in May :-)? Then join the IECA-roundtable panel at this years ICA-conference! The panel, organized by Franzisca Weder, Silje Kristiansen and Birte Fähnrich, and complemented by Bruno Takahashi and Ilya Kiriya, is dedicated to responsible environmental communication and ethical issues challenging the discipline. Provocative statements coming from different cultural perspectives offer a starting point to stimulate reflection and discussion about environmental communication as a critical discipline!

When: Sunday, May 26th, 2-3:15 PM,

Where: Columbia 6 (Washington Hilton/Terrace Level)

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