Environmental Communication and The Public Sphere

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Published in Summer 2021, the Sixth Edition of Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere incorporates the latest scholarship and public insights, including over 250 new references and over 50 new Key Terms since the last 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 also 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.

Pezzullo continues to bring 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 nongovernmental 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.

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • Chapter-opening learning objectives identify what students should be able to accomplish after studying a chapter.
  • A remapping of the field of environmental communication reflects both the growing community of scholars and practitioners globally, as well as emerging research in new areas such as disability rights advocacy, digital divide, spreadable media, climate refugees, and futurity.
  • Enhanced re-organization brings advocacy campaigns to the foreground earlier to encourage semester-long projects.
  • A new chapter on science and climate communication and an expanded chapter on green advertising, sustainability discourses, and consumer politics keeps the subject matter timely and significant for today’s students from a range of disciplines.
  • Coverage of recent events and trends includes fast fashion, global youth climate strikes, anti-science backlash, declarations of climate emergencies, biodiversity loss, single-use plastic ban controversies, threats against the right of expression and peaceful assembly, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The latest scholarship and public insights include over 250 new references and over 50 new key terms

KEY FEATURES:

  • Globally diverse images and case studies of environmental leaders, practices, and movements reinforce the theories presented.
  • Act Locally! exercises give students opportunities to apply the principles of environmental communication to their campus and community.
  • Another Viewpoint sections highlight the dynamic discussions and multiple perspectives that have made an impact in environmental communication.
  • FYI boxes give attention to various topics and issues in environmental communication, from updating climate reporting language to the seven sins of greenwashing.
  • Summaries, discussion questions, and key terms at the end of chapters allow students to review content covered and reinforce their understanding.
  • Chapter-concluding suggested resources provide recommended readings, movies, and websites for further examination of topics.