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Warning: This is going to get a bit meta.

Ever since launching the IECA website 7 years ago, one question has pursued me. What does environmental communication look like?

Visitors to the site will be very familiar with the image of the green phone box in the countryside that decorates the home page. You might even be a bit tired of it :-)

Well, change is coming. We will soon be working on an overdue update to the IECA website. We will be re-theming (changing the look) of the site. And we will be making it mobile-friendly by using a responsive design. At the same time, we want to add some new images.

So, how can we show environmental communication in action? I don't mean how to show environmental issues like climate change, air pollution, forest plunder, etc. No, this is meta. How can we show communication about those and other environmental issues?

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I have just finished up grading and other final tasks for the January 10-week session of IECA's online course Environmental Communication: Research Into Practice. I almost called it the Winter session, but I am not sure we had winter here in the northeast US and I know it wasn't winter in other parts of the world where some of the participants live.

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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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On Sunday, the International Environmental Communication Association wrapped up its 2015 Conference on Communication and Environment in Boulder. Bridging Divides: Spaces of Scholarship and Practice in Environmental Communication brought together researchers, practitioners, artists and students from around the world, and on the first full day of the conference, treated them to an inspiring and inspired keynote address by Dr. Susanne Moser.

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IECAlogoPlusOne.pngToday The IECA is launching a simple campaign to increase our membership. It's called "Plus One" and it asks ALL current members to bring a friend to The IECA for 2015.

The IECA is a solid, but small association. We are doing really well for our size, but we don't yet have the capacity to pursue our ambitions in a bold way. Simply, we need a larger committed membership to sustain and advance The IECA and its mission in the long term.

We dont have the resources for a big outreach campaign. But that's OK because we think the best way to get new people involved is through the personal connections of our members. So, we are asking ALL current members to get at least one other person to join The IECA. She or he could be a colleague, a student, a professor, a friend, it doesn't matter, as long as they are passionate about finding better ways to communicate about environmental and sustainability affairs.

Our hope is to have 100% participation from our current members.

Starting now, all new memberships last through to the end of 2015, so go ahead and invite your Plus One to The IECA. To help you out, we have a one-page flyer in PDF format that you can download and share with a friend.

As always, thanks for your interest in The IECA.

- Mark Meisner, Executive Director

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Folks, I have been working hard behind the scenes to bring you four big new member benefits:

  1. The Member News section
  2. The Database of Nature and Environmental Films
  3. The EC List Database
  4. The Environmental Communication Master Bibliography
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IECA founding member Emily Plec brought the following sad news about the death of Diane Hope to us today. Diane was a founding member of IECA and a beloved colleague to many of us. For my part, I feel honored to have known Diane and to have experienced her generous and hopeful spirit.

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Cover of Across Borders and EnvironmentsToday we are announcing the publication of Across Borders and Environments: Communication and Environmental Justice in International Contexts. This collection of 24 papers, plus introduction, is the official proceedings of the Eleventh Biennial Conference on Communication and the Environment, held in El Paso,

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You may have noticed our new look. Actually, it's our first real look, as opposed to temporary looks which is what we've had until now.
 
The logo is part leaf, part speech balloon, representing both the environment and communication. But it's subtle and distinctive as well. We hope you like it.
 

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discounts, bargains, closeoutsFolks,

IECA now has an Organizational membership category that provides a discounted bulk membership option for any number of people from a single organization. We think NGOs, departments and firms might like this.

Also, time is running out on Founding memberships and the permanent renewal discounts that go with them...

See all our membership options at http://environmentalcomm.org/join-IECA.

- Mark

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