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

Register now for the January 2019 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.



Waterlines: Confluence and Hope through Environmental Communication

June 17-21, 2019, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

We are excited to have you join us for the The 15th biennial Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) on the Point Grey headland, surrounded by forest and ocean, with views of the Coast Mountains, all of which is part of the traditional unceded territory of the Musqueam people. This is a conference for artists, practitioners, students and researchers. All are welcome. Registration opens January 15, 2019.

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What's New at the IECA

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The two week session of UN Climate Change negotiations has begun in Katowice, Poland. Six IECA members are participating. 

We will post comments periodically. Our first week team is Jill Hopke, Anna Palliser, and Gregg Walker (me).

This morning - on the long bus ride from Krakow to Katowice, I sat next to one of the senior negotiators from Chile.  I learned a lot about what he and colleagues in other developing countries hope for and expect from the COP.  He believes that the Parties will approve a Paris “Rule Book,” although he (and many of us here) are concerned about the implications of Brazil’s presidential election.



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Professors Mark Neuzil (University of St. Thomas), Eric Freedman (Michigan State) and Sara Shipley Hiles (Missouri) are developing a proposal for a peer-reviewed book that highlights recent international public policy, economics, mass media and culture, and resource management research about endangered and threatened species. We are seeking proposals for chapters of 4,000-4,300 words. All we need at this point is a working title, an abstract of 100-150 words and the CVs of the authors. We will carefully review the submissions to determine which to include in our proposal to the publisher in early 2019.

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Suzannah Evans Comfort (Indiana U), Bruno Takahashi (Michigan State U), Julia Metag (Universität Freiburg), and Jagadish Thaker (Massey U) are co-organizing the pre-conference “Environmental Communication Beyond Boundaries: Transnational, international, and comparative approaches to understanding environmental issues" at ICA 2019. We seek a diverse array of presentations, and especially welcome submissions from and about the Global South.” Partial funding, between $500 to $1500, will be available to about 8-10 participants.

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We invite you to submit chapter proposals for an edited volume focusing on pedagogy related to fossil fuel pipeline controversies. The proposed volume stems from a well received panel on pipeline pedagogy at the 2018 Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Conference in Washington, D.C. We have since learned that many more faculty, practitioners, community organizers and activists are working on educational efforts related to pipelines and other energy contestations.

Recent Job Postings

Assistant Professor of Environmental Communication - Communication, California State University Channel Islands
Michigan State University School of Journalism - School Director - Michigan State University School of Journalism
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Communicating Science - Virginia Sea Grant (VASG)
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies (Public Relations emphasis) - Department of Communication Studies, Western Oregon University