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Juliet Pinto's picture

“Cognitive dissonance” is a term I am using more frequently. I first heard it as a graduate student learning about communication theory, as we studied the stress people experience when new information confronts deep-held beliefs and attitudes. We are rational creatures, right? We want harmony between our lived experiences and what we believe to be true.

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Phaedra C. Pezzullo's picture

Today, I attended a security briefing and helped set up the IECA booth with Prof. Juliet Pinto & Suzanna Norbeck, JD, from Mediators Beyond Borders (with whom we’re sharing the booth). Despite the state of emergency, the security was nothing compared to the airport in Indianapolis. Honestly. (For an excellent book on U.S. security performances from an intersectional cultural studies perspective, see Rachel Hall’s *The Transparent Traveler*.)

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Juliet Pinto's picture

The week before I left for the COP21 talks, I spent a considerable amount of time driving around my local neighborhoods in Miami and watching water pool on the streets. It bubbled up rapidly through storm drains, spreading across streets, turning green grass into yellow stalks, sloshing across roadways as cars splashed through and people held their shoes in their hands to gingerly tiptoe across.

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Phaedra C. Pezzullo's picture

Today, I’m getting on a plane to Paris, France, for the first week of COP21; organized by Gregg Walker, I am one of four delegates for the International Environmental Communication Association Climate Working Group. Our goal is to try to blog/tweet daily during COP21 to try to raise awareness about climate communication. In Paris over the next two weeks—during which climate activists already are being put under house arrest and criminalized for reasons completely unrelated to the impetus of the state of emergency—this simple act of encouraging public attention and debate matters.

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Alison Anderson's picture

Tema Milstein (University of New Mexico), author of 'The Performer Metaphor: “Mother Nature Never Gives Us the Same Show Twice”', provides a timely analysis of SeaWorld's announcement that it is to introduce sweeping changes, including phasing out its “Shamu” orca show.

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Stephen Depoe's picture

Here is the eighth--and final--IECA excursion assignment I am giving my Environmental Communication class this semester.  The assignment asks them to read through the articles published in 2015 in our journal Environmental Communication, then identify and list five articles that they think are most relevant to topics covered in our class this semester.

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Here is the third and final Twitter-related assignment that I gave my Environmental Communication students in an attempt to encourage them to explore the "twitterverse" surrounding the IECA membership base.

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Phaedra C. Pezzullo's picture

As you may know, the IECA (led by Prof. Gregg Walker, Oregon State University, and Mark Meisner, the IECA Executive Director) has secured four badges for IECA members to serve as delegates at COP21.

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Stephen Depoe's picture

My Environmental Communication class is in the middle of a three-part exploration of the IECA "twitterverse."  In their next assignment, each student will be given the name and Twitter handle of a current IECA member who is active on Twitter.  Here is what I am asking the students to do.

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Alison Anderson's picture

Environmental Communication, Volume 9, Issue 4, December 2015 is now available online.

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Stephen Depoe's picture

We are halfway through my Environmental Communication class this semester at the University of Cincinnati.  Thanks to all of you who responded when contacted by my students with questions about your IECA membership (see list of members who responded below).  You made a very positive impression on the students--much appreciated.  This is how we encourage and nurture tomorrow's environmental communication professionals.

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Stephen Depoe's picture

I have just posted a call for applications for the next editor of ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATION, the official journal of the International Environmental Communication (www.tandfonline.com/renc).  Alison Anderson, the current editor, is in the middle of a three-year term that will expire at the end of 2016.  We want to install the next editor by early in the calendar year to insure continuity in editorial leadership.

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Stephen Depoe's picture

In this assignment, students are asked to read and catalogue items from two weeks' worth of the "IECA LIST" (e-newsletter that Mark Meisner sends IECA members on a regular basis).

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Stephen Depoe's picture

I'm back to tell you about IECA Excursion #3 that I have assigned to my environmental communication students (who have been required to join IECA as part of the class). In this assignment, each student is asked to contact another IECA member and send them an e-mail message requesting some information.

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Mark Meisner's picture

In case you didn't notice in the run-up to the 2015 Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) this past June, The IECA has released a new publication. Communication for the Commons: Revisiting Participation and Environment is an anthology of selected papers from the 2013 Conference on Communication and Environment that was held in Uppsala, Sweden.

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Stephen Depoe's picture

We are now in week #4 of my undergraduate Environmental Communication Class at the University of Cincinnati in which I have required my 49 students (COMM and EVST students) to join IECA as part of the class.  I am assigning 10 "IECA Excursions" during the semester (see previous posts) in order to familiarize the students with IECA, our web site, members, and other assets, as well as helping students to understand the value of belonging to a professional organization in a particular field or area of study, work, or interest.

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Stephen Depoe's picture

As I wrote last week, I am teaching an undergraduate Environmental Communication class this semester at the University of Cincinnati that is dual-listed in Communication and Environmental Studies.  I am requiring my 48 students to join the IECA as student members as part of the course--to leverage the member-only content and expertise of the IECA, and to show soon-to-be-graduates what it means to join a professional organization.

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Stephen Depoe's picture

Tomorrow, I will begin teaching my Fall Semester undergraduate course in Environmental Communication (a 4000-level or senior-level course that is dual-listed in Environmental Studies) at the University of Cincinnati.  I will have around 50 students enrolled in the two courses combined.

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Julie Doyle's picture

As the Boulder Coloradan sunshine settles on COCE 2015, and we return to the demands of our lives and jobs, it seems the perfect moment to reflect upon the experiences of COCE 2015, before preparations for the next instalment at the University of Leicester (UK) get underway.

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Richard Doherty's picture

My main goal while a member of the leadership of the IECA is to get our work out in the world so it can help do good. So when the IECA was invited to send a speaker to the 2015 European Communication Summit in Brussels, and that speaker turned out to be me, the new Vice Chair of the IECA, I was jazzed.

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