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Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere

Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere

Fourth Edition
  • Robert Cox - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
  • Phaedra C. Pezzullo - University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, Indiana University, USA

Discover the significance and practice of Environmental Communication!

April 2015 | 440 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Fourth Edition of Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere remains the only comprehensive introduction to the growing field of environmental communication, ranging from an historical overview of key terms to important legal and technological developments. This innovative book focuses on how human communication influences the way we perceive and act in the environment. It also examines how we interpret environmental “problems” and decide what actions to take with regard to the natural world.  

Three-time president of the Sierra Club, the largest environmental group in the United States, lead author Robert Cox leverages his vast experience to offer insights into the news media, Congress, environmental conflict, advocacy campaigns, and other real-world applications of environmental communication. New coauthor Phaedra Pezzullo brings two decades of applied experience working with grassroots environmental justice and health organizations, citizen advisory boards, and student-led campaigns, as well as her internationally recognized research on toxic pollution, social injustices, public advocacy, and more.

The authors introduce the reader to the major areas, terms, and debates of this evolving field. The Fourth Edition incorporates major revisions that include four new chapters on visual and popular culture, digital media and activism, the sustainability of college and corporation campuses, and the legal “standing” of citizens and nature. Updates throughout the text draw on timely topics including visual communication used in climate science campaigns, fracking and challenges to the right to know, plastic bag bans, consumer apps, digital activism for environmental justice, green marketing, and arguments on giving legal rights to nonhuman entities from dolphins to rivers.
Introduction: Speaking for/About the Environment
Chapter 1. Studying/Practicing Environmental Communication
The Study of Environmental Communication  
Nature, Communication, and the Public Sphere  
Diverse Voices in a “Green” Public Sphere  
Global Study of Environmental Communication  
Chapter 2. Contested Meanings of Environment
Learning to Love Nature  
Wilderness Preservation Versus Natural Resource Conservation  
Public Health and the Ecology Movement  
Environmental Justice: Linking Social Justice and Environmental Quality  
Movements for Sustainability and Climate Justice  
Chapter 3. Symbolic Constructions of Environment
A Rhetorical Perspective  
Communication Frames  
Dominant and Critical Discourses  
Chapter 4. The Environment in/of Visual and Popular Culture
The Environment and Popular Culture  
Looking at the Environment  
Moving Images of Disasters  
Green Art, Marketing, and Graphic Design  
Chapter 5. News Media and Environmental Journalism (Old and New)
Growth and Changes in Environmental News  
News Production and the Environment  
Media Effects  
Digital Technologies and the Transformation of Environmental News  
Chapter 6. Scientists, Technology, and Environmental Controversies
Science, Technology, and Symbolic Legitimacy  
The Precautionary Principle  
Early Warners: Environmental Scientists and the Public  
Science and the Trope of Uncertainty  
Communicating Climate Science  
Chapter 7. Environmental Risk Communication and the Public
Dangerous Environments: Assessing Risk  
Communicating Environmental Risks in the Public Sphere  
Citizens Becoming Scientists  
Mainstream News Media and Environmental Risk  
Chapter 8. Advocacy Campaigns and Message Construction
Environmental Advocacy  
Environmental Advocacy Campaigns  
The Campaign to Protect Zuni Salt Lake  
Message Construction  
Chapter 9. Digital Media and Environmental Activism
Grassroots Activism and Digital Media  
Environmental NGOs and Digital Campaigns  
Multimodality and Networked Campaigns  
Scaling Up: The “Peoples Climate March”  
Chapter 10. Environmental Justice and Climate Justice Movements
Environmental Justice: Challenging a Place Apart  
Challenging Indecorous Voices and Sacrifice Zones  
The Global Movement for Climate Justice  
Chapter 11. Sustainability and the “Greening” of Corporations and Campuses
Sustainability: An Interdisciplinary Approach  
Free Market Discourse and the Environment  
Corporate Sustainability Communication: Reflection or Deflection?  
Greenwashing and the Discourse of Green Consumerism  
Communicating Sustainability on and Through Campuses  
Chapter 12. Public Participation in Environmental Decisions
Right to Know: Access to Information  
Right to Comment  
SLAPP: Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation  
Growth of Public Participation Internationally  
Chapter 13. Managing Conflict: Collaboration and Environmental Disputes
New Approaches to Environmental Disputes  
Collaborating to Resolve Environmental Conflicts  
Limits of Collaboration and Consensus  
Common Criticisms of Collaboration  
Chapter 14. Citizens’ (and Nature’s) Standing: Environmental Protection and the Law
Right of Standing and Citizen Suits  
Landmark Cases on Environmental Standing  
Global Warming and the Right of Standing  
Do Future Generations and Non-Human Nature Have a Right of Standing?  

A really useful dimension to the issues of environmental pollution, so will include a couple of lectures on environmental communicaiton utilising ideas from this book.

Professor Iseult Lynch
Schl of Geog, Earth & Env'l Sciences, Birmingham University
July 20, 2016

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J. "James" Robert Cox

Robert Cox (PhD, University of Pittsburgh) is Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies and the Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His principal research areas are environmental and climate change communication, and strategic studies of social movements. One of the nation’s leading scholars in environmental communication, Cox is editor of Environmental Communication, a 4-volume reference collection (SAGE, 2016), coeditor of The Routledge Handbook of Environment and Communication (2015), and author of numerous studies of environmental, climate and other social change campaigns.... More About Author

Phaedra Carmen Pezzullo

Phaedra C. Pezzullo (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is an associate professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, USA. Her interdisciplinary training in environmental sciences and humanities informs her principle areas of publication, including environmental justice, climate justice, public advocacy, and tourist studies. She authored Toxic Tourism: Rhetorics of Travel, Pollution, and Environmental Justice (2007), which won four book awards, including the Christine L. Oravec Research Award in Environmental Communication. Pezzullo coedited Environmental Justice and Environmentalism: The Social Justice Challenge to the... More About Author

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