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

Register now for the January 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. The call for submissions is now available with a deadline of November 15, 2018.

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What's New at the IECA

Jill Hopke's picture

I am attending the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) climate change negotiations, COP24, for the first time this week. In UN-lingo “COP24” means this is the 24th Conference of the Parties since 1995 when COP1 was held in Berlin, Germany. 

The COP24 is taking place in Katowice, Poland from Dec. 2 to 14. It has brought tens of thousands of people, including delegates, or “parties,” along with civil society representatives, to Poland’s Upper Silesia region. 

As media coverage has already noted, this is Polish coal country, with about 80% of the nation’s electricity coming from that fossil fuel. The major expected policy outcome of this round of international climate negotiations is the “rulebook” for putting the much-heralded 2015 Paris Agreement into practice. 

As a gathering of heads of state, multinational organizations and civil society, can the UNFCCC and other climate action stakeholders use these arguably esoteric negotiations as a mechanism to engage people in their home countries on climate change? 

[This post is part of a series offered by IECA members attending COP24 in Katowice, Poland.]

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Chui-Ling Tam's picture

In the westernmost reaches of Nunavut, on the Northwest Passage, Inuit hunters have told me some pithy things about climate change.

The land is changing. It isn’t climate change. This is part of cycles. Our elders saw this coming.

Some of the most visible and profound effects of global warming are occurring in the Arctic. Some Inuit are worried climate change will permanently alter the world. Others say it will pass, as other times of want and plenty have passed through the Inuit’s long cycles of life in the Arctic.

In Inuit Nunangat, the Inuit homeland in Canada, perceptions about climate change cannot be divided into two camps of “believers” and “deniers.” The situation is far more complex.

To understand climate change communication and adaptation in maritime communities, my research team has travelled to the Canadian Arctic, Indonesia and the Philippines to find out what local communities have to say about climate change.

The answer so far? It varies.

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Eric Freedman's picture

Professors Mark Neuzil (University of St. Thomas), Eric Freedman (Michigan State) and Sara Shipley Hiles (Missouri) are developing a proposal for a peer-reviewed book that highlights recent international public policy, economics, mass media and culture, and resource management research about endangered and threatened species. We are seeking proposals for chapters of 4,000-4,300 words. All we need at this point is a working title, an abstract of 100-150 words and the CVs of the authors. We will carefully review the submissions to determine which to include in our proposal to the publisher in early 2019.

Bruno Takahashi's picture

Suzannah Evans Comfort (Indiana U), Bruno Takahashi (Michigan State U), Julia Metag (Universität Freiburg), and Jagadish Thaker (Massey U) are co-organizing the pre-conference “Environmental Communication Beyond Boundaries: Transnational, international, and comparative approaches to understanding environmental issues" at ICA 2019. We seek a diverse array of presentations, and especially welcome submissions from and about the Global South.” Partial funding, between $500 to $1500, will be available to about 8-10 participants.

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