Jill Hopke

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“Communicating on Climate Change” talk at DePaul University

I am giving a talk on Tuesday as part of the kickoff event for DePaul University’s new undergraduate minor in Climate Change Science and Policy.

The talk will be in the Lincoln Park Campus, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., in McGowan South.

My slides from the talk are available below:

In the winter 2018 quarter I will be teaching a new undergraduate course that is part of the minor in Climate Change Communication.

JOUR 311/ CMN 363: Climate Change Communication

Monday / Wednesday

2:40 to 4:10 p.m.

Lincoln Park Campus

The course description is as follows:

JOUR 311/CMN 363: Climate Change Communication

Course Description:
Individuals make up their minds on climate change, energy development, and other science of pressing public policy importance through a complex set of factors: values, demographics, political ideology, and so on. Journalists, strategic communicators, scientists, and policy analysts need to be able to communicate effectively with diverse public audiences on climate and energy topics. This course is oriented from a science communication perspective and draws on social scientific research on communicating on climate change and energy issues. We will take a human perspective on climate issues and focuses on the social, political and cultural aspects of climate change. The course covers best practices for promoting and facilitating public dialogue on climate change policy and global energy systems. Topics covered include: climate change public opinion and knowledge, media portrayals of climate change and its societal effects, climate skepticism and denial, psychological factors that contribute to values and beliefs on climate science, journalism and covering climate issues, framing and developing narratives on climate impacts, and climate change in popular culture. Students will conduct original research to analyze and evaluate climate change communication. For the final project, students have the option of completing a major journalistic reporting project, designing an advocacy or marketing campaign, or conducting a research project.

Talk slides “The Moral Case for Sustainable Investing”

On Thursday I am giving a talk at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro on social and sustainable investing.

The event is a conversation on the theme of “What is Sustainable and Socially Responsible Investing and Why Is It Important?” The event will take place Thursday, Sept. 28 at 3:30 p.m. in the UNCG Faculty Center. This conversation is hosted by the UNCG departments of Environmental & Sustainability Studies and Geography.

I will be joined by my colleague Luis Hestres (University of Texas at San Antonio). We will be talking about research we published in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science . Our paper is available open access (for a limited time) here.

For more information on the event and the yearlong speaker series it kicks-off, visit here.

University of North Carolina at Greensboro talk on sustainable and socially responsible investing, Sept. 28

On Thursday, September 28 I will be giving a talk at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, joined by my colleague Luis Hestres (University of Texas at San Antonio), on sustainable and socially responsible investing.

The event is a conversation on the theme of “What is Sustainable and Socially Responsible Investing and Why Is It Important?” The event will take place Thursday, Sept. 28 at 3:30 p.m. in the UNCG Faculty Center. This conversation is hosted by the UNCG departments of Environmental & Sustainability Studies and Geography.

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Presenting on internet-mediated climate activism at AEJMC 2017

On August 10, 2017, I will be presenting on “Internet-Mediated Climate Advocacy: History, Convergence, and Future Outlook,” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in Chicago. The research is authored with Luis Hestres (University of Texas at San Antonio).

Research summary:

The past two decades have transformed the ways political groups and individuals engage in collective action. Meanwhile, the climate change advocacy landscape, previously dominated by well-established environmental organizations, now accommodates new ones focused exclusively on this issue. This article examines the convergence of these trends through the examples of 350.org, the Climate Reality Project, and The Guardian’s “Keep It in The Ground” campaign. Implications for the future of Internet-mediated climate advocacy are discussed.

Fossil fuel divestment and climate change communication article in ORE Climate Science

ORE Climate Science homepage screenshot.

“Fossil Fuel Divestment and Climate Change Communication,” ORE Climate Science featured article July 2017.

Since 2012, the fossil fuel divestment movement has expanded beyond college campuses in the United States and United Kingdom to include 688 institutions, in 76 countries, and 58,399 individual investors, with commitments totally more than $5 trillion dollars. In an article published in June by the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science, along with Luis Hestres of the University of Texas at San Antonio, I examine the origins, growth and arguments for and against divestment from the fossil fuel industry.

The article is the ORE Climate Science featured article for the month of July. In December it will appear in print in the new Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication, edited by Matthew Nisbet of Northeastern University. As Nisbet writes:

“Until now, however, there has not existed a leading scholarly outlet where the broad range of climate change communication, media and public opinion research is reviewed, synthesized, and critiqued; or translated in relation to other disciplines and professions. To address this gap, the Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication is a curated series of 115 original peer-reviewed articles published in print and digital format, and by way of the web-based Oxford Research Encyclopedia (ORE) Climate Science. The collected articles comprehensively review research on climate change communication, advocacy, media and cultural portrayals, and their relationship to societal decisions, public knowledge, perceptions, and behavior. Co-authored by more than 250 experts representing more than a dozen disciplines and twenty countries.”

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