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

Registration is open for the September 2020 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

COCE in Tasmania postponed until 2022.
In 2021 we will hold a virtual conference or series of smaller online events.

Due to expected travel restrictions resulting from COVID-19, our local hosts at the University of Tasmania in Hobart and the IECA Board of Directors have decided to postpone the in person conference in Australia for a year. In 2021 we will instead have a virtual conference. Please stay tuned for more details.

Both conferences will be for artists, practitioners, students and researchers. All will be welcome.

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What's New at the IECA

Founding and lifetime member Tema Milstein and member José Castro-Sotomayor have published the Handbook of Ecocultural Identity, a timely book that brings environmental communication into conversation with the wider transdisciplinary realm in 28 original research chapters by 40 international authors, including many IECA members. It is an essential resource for the public and academia, and will be of use to scholars, practitioners, protectors, students, teachers, and policy-makers communicating environmental transformation. Reviews, Introduction chapter, and Routledge flier attached. The Handbook in part emerged from a popular panel at COCE 2017 in England. Please share with your networks and ask your libraries to order – Routledge has provided a 20% discount code: FLR40

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The COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the SARS COV-2 virus, has engendered both positive and negative impacts on the environment. Although there have been positive environmental impacts, such as a dramatic drop in air pollution when global economic activities went into standstill, negative impacts, such as massive amount of medical wastes that can harm the environment have also been generated. At the same time, news media coverage, as well as conversations on social media, have highlighted the similarities between the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.

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This special issue of Journalism Practice looks at the complexities of communicating climate change and its daily outcomes often covered in the news, including widespread flooding, heat waves, brownouts, and climate migration, at a time when accelerating warming is spreading environmental change to populations across the globe. Environmental change is compounded by synergistic effects of global pandemics, evidenced by COVID-19 in 2020, and motivations of capitalism and consumption, population growth, conflict, and social contestation. Indeed, COVID-19 was an intersection of pollution, social behavior, mobility, and inequality, which journalists were forced to cover while also tracking the virus, death, and resiliency.

 

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Call for papers : “How to talk about the environment? Heroes/heralds and environmental communication”

You are warmly invited to submit a paper for the scientific international conference to be held in Aix-en-Provence, France, on 9, 10 and 11 December 2020 (the conference will be held remotely in case of health problems).

This conference proposes to analyze the communication mechanisms and the facets of the desire for mobilization carried by the heralds, professionals or not of communication and heroes, environmental heroes, ordinary heroes or environmental activists.

Find the full call for papers and all instructions in English, French and Spanish attached and at:  

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