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Climate change communication: what should the conversation be about?

Working Group Reports

Do we as LTER scientists have an obligation to talk about climate change with policymakers, land managers, and other decision makers? If so, what should we talk about, and how should we talk about it? Recent research into public learning about climate change suggests that dissemination of climate science alone is inadequate to make the broader impact we might argue we have been charged with. Coupled with insights from philosophy, social science, communication theory, and educational theory, it seems increasingly clear that merely debating or disseminating the science (the facts of the matter) may be fruitless and distracting at worse, or only an incomplete approach at best. Given the logic by which people reach policy decisions and the underlying motivation behind so-called climate science deniers, it seems wise to begin discussing how to think about climate change communication afresh. Where does that leave us? How might these cross-disciplinary realizations impact our climate science and the communication of that science? How can we engage with our stakeholders for meaningful discussion and action on climate change? Join us for an interactive session and deep dialogue on these questions. Please note that there are a few short articles posted for background reading.

Julie Doll
Michael Nelson
Preferred date(s): 
Sept 11
Sept 13
Number of 2 hour sessions requested: 
Equipment requested: 
Overhead or LCD projector. Room where participants can move chairs to break into small groups.
Additional Comments: 
We would like this session to NOT conflict with the "Communicating LTER Science Part I and II" sessions, which have been requested for Monday (9/10) and Wednesday (9/12). If possible, please schedule this session on climate change communication for Tuesday or Thursday.
Working Group Materials
Room Assignment: 
Wind River C (100)

Background Photo by: Nicole Hansen - Jornada (JRN) LTER