How do we talk about climate change? The need for strategic conversations

Sep 25, 2013

With media bias polarising the conversation about climate change into 'catastrophic' and 'sceptical' camps, new research published in Environmental Education Research, exposes just how important the ways in which environmental educators talk about climate change is in influencing public engagement.

Having identified a perpetual gap between empirical scientific information on the one hand and the way it's talked about in education and the public sphere on the other, Victoria Wibeck reveals the findings of a literature review examining 92 peer-reviewed studies.

Focusing on the goals and strategies of climate change conversations, Wibeck zeroes in on how learners of understand messages on climate change, the communicative contexts for education on climate change, and the barriers that can be found to . Of particular importance is how learners of climate science are being spoken to about climate change because this affects the ways they go on to conduct their own conversations about it.

Arguing for the need to focus on "solutions rather than on catastrophic consequences of climate change", Wibeck suggests effective methods for moving forward with climate change communication, emphasising a need for strategic interaction between communicators and educators, arguing that it is necessary if the public role in challenging is going to increase.

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More information: Wibeck, V. (2013) Enhancing learning, communication and public engagement about climate change – some lessons from recent literature, Environmental Education Research. www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10… 13504622.2013.812720

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1.3 / 5 (15) Oct 11, 2013
WHATEVER YOU DO....do NOT come to phys.org....you will never, NEVER get a reasoning response that you can translate as anything but Klingon battle language on THIS site!!!
The hate here, it flows like rivers....some guy has even condemned his kids on one of the posts here today!..I am NOT kidding. Not a shred of humanity or decency follows the full length of any discussion on climate change here...!
ryggesogn2
1.2 / 5 (17) Oct 11, 2013
"Arguing for the need to focus on "solutions rather than on catastrophic consequences of climate change", Wibeck suggests effective methods for moving forward with climate change communication,"

That depends upon the solutions.
The ONLY solution demanded by AGWites was more taxes and more govt control of the economies of the world.
Too bad they didn't start out talking about adaption, innovation and free market solutions.
VendicarE
5 / 5 (5) Oct 15, 2013
Clint McCance, Tea Party Bigotry, and the Religion of Jesus

Among other things, McCance stated, "Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers killed themselves. The only way I'm wearin [sic] it for them is if they all commit suicide. I cant [sic] believe the people of this world have gotten this stupid. We are honoring the fact that they sinned and killed thereselves [sic] because of their sin."

An excellent example of American fundamentalist Christian Tea-Tards.

Don't you agree RyggTard?
VendicarE
5 / 5 (5) Oct 15, 2013
"The ONLY solution demanded by AGWites was more taxes and more govt control of the economies of the world." - RyggTard

Actually those where demanded by Conservative Economists as market reforms needed to solve the growing CO2 problem.

RyggTard's thinks that reality must conform to his political ideology.

Reality on the other hand, barely recognizes his existence.

VendicarE
5 / 5 (5) Oct 15, 2013
TeaTard Republican introduces bill to force the genital mutilation of Americans.

Alabama Lawmaker Re-Introduces Castration Bill For Sex Offenders

http://atlanta.cb...fenders/

And so it goes with the self professed GOP Party of Liberty and Freedom from government intrusion.

ubavontuba
1 / 5 (16) Oct 16, 2013
...focus on "solutions rather than on catastrophic consequences of climate change".
Yeah, climate change should be stopped ...oh, wait, it already has stopped:

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goracle
1.9 / 5 (9) Oct 28, 2013
WHATEVER YOU DO....do NOT come to phys.org....you will never, NEVER get a reasoning response that you can translate as anything but Klingon battle language on THIS site!!!
The hate here, it flows like rivers....some guy has even condemned his kids on one of the posts here today!..I am NOT kidding. Not a shred of humanity or decency follows the full length of any discussion on climate change here...!

Klingon battle language? Why don't you bIjatlh 'e' yImev or shove off?

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