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.

More about The IECA

Membership Benefits

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Online Course

Registration is now open for the September 2022 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.


Call for Submissions

Many Voices, One planet: Accounting for the past and narrating sustainable futures

The 17th Conference on Communication and Environment, June 5-9, 2023, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA

The 2023 Conference on Communication and Environment theme is “Many Voices, One Planet: Accounting for the Past and Narrating Sustainable Futures.” This theme offers a platform for environmental communication research, practice, arts, and activism dealing with the diversity of voices that raise concerns about our planet. Addressing questions of diversity and inclusion, the theme emphasizes the need to reconcile the many injustices of the past and present in order to move forward and create narratives about just and sustainable futures.


What's New at the IECA

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Climate Change Communication

The George Mason University, Center for Climate Change Communication (4C) seeks to hire a full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow. The center’s mission is to develop and apply social science insights to help society make informed decisions that will stabilize the earth’s life-sustaining climate, and prevent further harm from climate change. To do this, we conduct scientific surveys and message experiments at local, national, and international scales, often times in partnership with government agencies, civic organizations, professional associations, and companies. The center also runs several initiatives designed to enhance the public engagement efforts of journalists and television weathercasters, health professionals, and conservatives who care about climate change.

George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.


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You're invited to watch a 75-minute webinar discussion/Q&A from Tues. June 28th at 6pm Eastern Time with founders Dr. Carrie Freeman (Georgia State U) & Dr. Debra Merskin (U of Oregon) hosted by neuroscientist Dr. Lori Marino, Founder of the Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy, about being scholar-activists in the communication/media discipline in academia, and how we and others use media to advance animal protection



Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield) has released a new paperback edition of Communicating the Climate Crisis: New Directions for Facing What Lies Ahead by IECA member Julia Corbett.

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Happy Monday everyone - one more week to go until you can zoom in for our Webinar with Suzi Clark on CLIMATE ACTIVISM.


Our rapidly escalating environmental and social crisis is fueling activism on a the global stage - and nationally, regionally and locally!

Whether advocating for the reduction of carbon emissions or the protection of local wetlands, environmental activism is an ecosystem of its own, it is diverse, complex and highly active - but not always seen, and not always talked about. In our webinar, we will explore enabler and barriers of climate activism and talk about the role of environmental communication on an individual, organizational and social (public discourse, media) level. 

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“How are you? How are you really?” Whether inquiring about another’s condition, examining closely the state of an ecosystem, or reaching with empathy across political, cultural or species divides, a commitment to the well-being of the planet motivates our scholarship. Your desire to be in sunny Phoenix (in February) enjoying each other’s company and collegiality should motivate your submissions to the 2023 WSCA convention!

Current Job Postings

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University

Upcoming Events

Bays and Bayous Symposium - Jan 24, 2023 to Jan 25, 2023