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Communicating Climate Change

A Guide for Educators

Anne K. Armstrong

Publisher: Cornell University Press
Pages: 144
eBook ISBN: 9781501730795


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.


Anne K. Armstrong is a PhD Student in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University. Marianne E. Krasny is Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Director of the Civic Ecology Lab at Cornell University. She is the coeditor or coauthor of numerous books, most recently, Urban Environmental Education Review and Civic Ecology: Adaptation and Transformation from the Ground Up. Jonathon P. Schuldt is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Cornell University.


"Communicating Climate Change provides a coherent explanation of effective climate change communication for practitioners. The vignettes offer excellent examples of environmental educators using these strategies to develop more helpful programs, share information about climate science, and empower people to adopt strategies to mitigate and adapt to change."
- Martha Monroe, Professor and Extension Specialist, University of Florida

"Our climate is changing faster than scientists ever predicted. Communicating Climate Change explores the critical role education plays in addressing threats posed by climate change and the importance of understanding audience values, needs, knowledge, and identities. Educators will find a wealth of ideas, including two essential insights: information is not enough to catalyze action and people need hope!"
- Judy Braus, Editor of NatureScope, Windows on the Wild, Tools of Engagement, and Diversity and the Conservation Movement