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Communicating Climate Change: The Path Forward by Susanna Priest

By Susanna Priest

This booklet asks and solutions the query of what communique examine and different social sciences can supply that might aid the worldwide group to deal with weather switch by way of deciding on the stipulations which can convince audiences and inspire collective motion on weather.
While scientists frequently count on that instructing humans the medical proof will swap their minds approximately weather swap, nearer research indicates this isn't consistently the case. verbal exchange students are pursuing different rules in line with what we all know approximately effect and persuasion, yet this process doesn't offer entire solutions both. a few misconceptions will be corrected through schooling, and a few messages may be extra strong than others. the arrival of the web additionally makes large shops of knowledge available. yet audiences nonetheless technique this data via diversified filters, in keeping with their very own values and ideology – together with their knowing of the way technology works. In among momentous occasions, media assurance of weather has a tendency to recede and participants flip their awareness again to their day-by-day lives. but there's a course ahead: weather swap is a social justice factor that no person – and no state – can remedy all alone. a unique kind of verbal exchange attempt might help.

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Modern science and engineering combine the environmental manipulation possible through the use of extremely sophisticated tools with the advanced use of new symbol systems, such as the languages of mathematics and computer code. In short, we are a very smart species, and this has paid off. However, our system is not a self-correcting one. Functionalism, which was a major sociological approach for over a century, has been largely abandoned by contemporary scholars because it failed to account for dysfunction.

This is vital both for enhancing our academic (as well as our practical) understanding of the nature of collective action and for conceptualizing how best to influence it with specific respect to climate change—or any other collective problem. The social cannot always be reduced to the individual; the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Yet even when communication researchers study mass media and their effects, the WHAT’S THE RUSH? REACTING TO A SLOW-MOVING DISASTER 33 underlying paradigm often seems implicitly based on a vision of a lone individual sitting (let’s say) in front of a television screen, being “exposed” to a message—as though it were a dose of radiation.

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