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).
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,” 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.”
My recent think piece for The Conversation analyzing how the People’s Climate Movement used social media in the lead-up to the April 29 People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C., with “sister” marches around the country and internationally, has been republished in more than 40 news outlets. Many of them are local newspapers, as well as the International Business Times and Salon.
The original article, “To have impact, the People’s Climate March needs to reach beyond activists,” is available from The Conversation here.
The article was published by news outlets based in at least 18 states: Arizona, California, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
In addition, as a long-time fan of journalist Bill Moyers I was flattered to find that my analysis was included in a daily round up from his media project BillMoyers.com, “Daily Reads: Climate Marchers Descend on DC; Majority of House Dems Support ‘Medicare-for-All'” on April 28.