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Environmental Communication:
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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.

IECA founding members Bridie McGreavy and Samantha Senda-Cook (also IECA Vice-Chair), along with colleagues Justine Wells and George F. McHendry, Jr., have just published a new book through the Palgrave Studies in Media and Environmental Communication series. Entitled Tracing Rhetoric and Material Life: Ecological Approaches, it explores the connections between communication, material conditions and environmental  affairs.

CfP edited volume: When the Local meets the Digital - Implications and Consequences for Environmental Communication

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When the Local meets the Digital: Implications and Consequences for Environmental Communication

Volume editors: Joana Diaz Pont, Pieter Maeseele, Annika Egan Sjölander, Maitreyee Mishra, Kerrie Foxwell-Norton

Publisher: IAMCR/Palgrave Series

Owning the Climate Future of Migration

[This post is part of a series offered by IECA members attending COP23 Fiji in Bonn.]

Reflecting on another marathon COP as I fly back to an Alberta recovering from wildfires, I am thinking of the silk frangipani flower in my suitcase. I had asked a Pacific delegate whether it was indeed a frangipani in her hair, a bloom that Indonesia’s Balinese women wear and place in Hindu offerings every morning. She confirmed it was, then explained that Pacific islanders weave them into garlands like a crown around their heads. Then she insisted I keep the flower.

At this “Pacific COP”, led by the Fiji Presidency but hosted far from the increasingly storm-battered islands of the Pacific Ocean, flowers were everywhere, worn by Pacific women delegates and the glowing young men and women who filmed their testaments for the Pacific Climate Warriors to share at these talks. These messages are full of love and practical defiance, a call to keep “1.5 to stay alive” but also an acknowledgment that there may well be a future where home will be a space of memory, destroyed by storms or drowned by rising seas.

There are often hints of tears.

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