Environmental Communication and The Public Sphere

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The Fifth Edition of Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere remains the most comprehensive introduction to the timely and growing field of environmental communication. We focus on how communication shapes the ways we imagine, make choices, and act in (and as part of) the environment. We also examine what motivates us to engage environmental matters publicly, whether we are moved by pressing crises or by and ethic of care, such as the affection we feel for a specific animal, park, or neighborhood.

Pezzullo brings decades of experiences working with grassroots environmental justice organizations and citizen-state partnerships, as well as internationally recognized research. Three-time president of the Sierra Club, the largest environmental group in the United States, 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.

The authors introduce main approaches, vocabulary, and debates of this evolving field. The Fifth Edition includes: defining environmental communication as a discipline of crisis and care; remapping the field of environmental communication to reflect our growing community of scholars and practitioners; and engaging new research on topics, such as industrial apocalyptic rhetoric, media impact, science communication, and environmental conflict management. This edition also explores recent events—the Trump Administration, wolf controversies, public land milestones, the Flint Water Crisis, corporate disinformation campaigns, just transition alliances, the Peoples’ Climate March, international legal precedents, and more—to illustrate key terms and the significance of environmental communication.

The Sixth Edition is under contract to be published by July 2021, incorporating the latest scholarship and public insights, including over 250 new references and over 50 new Key Terms since the 5th edition.

As a result of teacher feedback, this edition reorganized the textbook to foreground advocacy campaigns earlier, to encourage semester-long projects. We also included a new chapter on Science and Climate Communication, a new Epilogue, and an expanded chapter on Green Advertising, Sustainability Discourses, and Consumer Politics.

The Sixth Edition also features a remapping of the field of environmental communication to reflect both the growing community of scholars and practitioners globally as well as emerging research in new areas such as: disability rights advocacy, indigenous knowledge, advertising, PSAs, risk desensitization, disinformation campaigns, intranatural communication, projection mapping, digital divide, spreadable media, media conglomerates, audience analysis, brand identity, speculative journalism, Buen Viver, climate refugees, emergency manager effect, a culture-centered public participation framework, and futurity.

As expected, this edition engages recent events and trends that have emerged since the last edition, including: fast fashion, global youth climate strikes, anti-science backlash, outdoor retailer advocacy of public lands, declarations of climate emergencies, biodiversity loss, single-use plastic ban controversies, divest & reinvest climate campaigns, fear versus hope appeals, forever chemicals, threats against the right of expression and peaceful assembly, and COVID-19.

We believe this is the most comprehensive edition yet—and the subject matter remains timely and significant for students from a range of disciplines.