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Environmental educators face a formidable challenge when they approach climate change due to the complexity of the science and of the political and cultural contexts in which people live. There is a clear consensus among climate scientists that climate change is already occurring as a result of human activities, but high levels of climate change awareness and growing level Environmental educators face a formidable challenge when they approach climate change due to the complexity of the science and of the political and cultural contexts in which people live. There is a clear consensus among climate scientists that climate change is already occurring as a result of human activities, but high levels of climate change awareness and growing levels of concern have not translated into meaningful action. Communicating Climate Change provides environmental educators with an understanding of how their audiences engage with climate change information as well as with concrete, empirically tested communication tools they can use to enhance their climate change program.Starting with the basics of climate science and climate change public opinion, Armstrong, Krasny, and Schuldt synthesize research from environmental psychology and climate change communication, weaving in examples of environmental education applications throughout this practical book. Each chapter covers a separate topic, from how environmental psychology explains the complex ways in which people interact with climate change information to communication strategies with a focus on framing, metaphors, and messengers. This broad set of topics will aid educators in formulating program language for their classrooms at all levels. Communicating Climate Change uses fictional vignettes of climate change education programs and true stories from climate change educators working in the field to illustrate the possibilities of applying research to practice. Armstrong et al, ably demonstrate that environmental education is an important player in fostering positive climate change dialogue and subsequent climate change action.An open access version of this book is available through Cornell Open.


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Environmental educators face a formidable challenge when they approach climate change due to the complexity of the science and of the political and cultural contexts in which people live. There is a clear consensus among climate scientists that climate change is already occurring as a result of human activities, but high levels of climate change awareness and growing level Environmental educators face a formidable challenge when they approach climate change due to the complexity of the science and of the political and cultural contexts in which people live. There is a clear consensus among climate scientists that climate change is already occurring as a result of human activities, but high levels of climate change awareness and growing levels of concern have not translated into meaningful action. Communicating Climate Change provides environmental educators with an understanding of how their audiences engage with climate change information as well as with concrete, empirically tested communication tools they can use to enhance their climate change program.Starting with the basics of climate science and climate change public opinion, Armstrong, Krasny, and Schuldt synthesize research from environmental psychology and climate change communication, weaving in examples of environmental education applications throughout this practical book. Each chapter covers a separate topic, from how environmental psychology explains the complex ways in which people interact with climate change information to communication strategies with a focus on framing, metaphors, and messengers. This broad set of topics will aid educators in formulating program language for their classrooms at all levels. Communicating Climate Change uses fictional vignettes of climate change education programs and true stories from climate change educators working in the field to illustrate the possibilities of applying research to practice. Armstrong et al, ably demonstrate that environmental education is an important player in fostering positive climate change dialogue and subsequent climate change action.An open access version of this book is available through Cornell Open.

40 review for Communicating Climate Change: A Guide for Educators (Cornell Series in Environmental Education)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This book has been more effective in explaining environmental communication topics than my grad school level course. Even if you are just part of the environmental field and not focused on environmental education, I think this book would be valuable to you. This book explains the concepts first and then relates them to environmental educators. It is important for anyone in the environment field to understand the best ways to communicate scientific information to the public.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Calciferocious

    "While fearful attitudes can be pro-environmental attitudes and foster pro-environmental behaviors, fearing climate change might also result in a terror management response that actually decreases the likelihood someone will engage in pro-environmental behavior." Clear explanations with lots of examples. Very helpful in determining outcomes of climate education, and tailoring messaging and tactics to suit various audiences. Concise, well-edited, and well-sourced. Three cheers to Cornell for makin "While fearful attitudes can be pro-environmental attitudes and foster pro-environmental behaviors, fearing climate change might also result in a terror management response that actually decreases the likelihood someone will engage in pro-environmental behavior." Clear explanations with lots of examples. Very helpful in determining outcomes of climate education, and tailoring messaging and tactics to suit various audiences. Concise, well-edited, and well-sourced. Three cheers to Cornell for making this information freely available!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elleth

    A good basis with plenty of sources and additional reading material for anyone working in the field of climate change who hopes to effectively communicate the basics of their field to a variety of audiences. Focuses on communication strategies rather than breaking down the science into digestible chunks, but still a worthwhile read!

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