About the IECA

Phone box with plants growing on the side of it in London

Welcome to the IECA, the International Environmental Communication Association. We are a new association, just launched in 2011, but with roots that go back twenty years. From the first biennial Conference on Communication and Environment in 1991 to the Environmental Communication Network, to the professional journal Environmental Communication (all now part of IECA), not to mention the many efforts of practitioners, teachers, scholars and other organizations, the field has come a long way.

Our mission is to foster effective and inspiring communication that alleviates environmental issues and conflicts, and solves the problems that cause them. We do this by bringing together and supporting practitioners, teachers, scholars, students, artists and organizations that share these goals.

We pursue our mission through activities that promote international collaboration among our members and with other interested parties in ways that are consistent with goals of social and ecological sustainability in diverse contexts.  Specific objectives include:

a.    providing an international forum for transdisciplinary networking and collaboration and the advancement of the field of environmental communication;
b.    supporting research and scholarship in environmental communication;
c.    supporting practitioners’ and professionals’ applied environmental communication;
d.    building connections and partnerships with non-governmental organizations, policymakers, businesses, institutions, and community members;
e.    promoting pedagogy, teaching, and curriculum development at a variety of educational levels;
f.    developing and promoting sustainable best practices in applied environmental communication settings; and
g.    promoting awareness of environmental communication as a practice and field of study among professionals, educators, activists, policy makers, and media organizations.

Our vision is to be a thriving, well-supported, and collaborative professional nexus of people and organizations whose environmental communication teaching, research, projects, campaigns, creations, and other activities are helping to achieve environmental health and justice.

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The IECA is a member or partner of the following organizations:

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The IECA is an official non-governmental organization observer to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change


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