Environmental Communication and The Public Sphere

Cox.Pezzullo.cover.2014**New 5th Edition forthcoming in November 2017. Includes: defining environmental communication as a discipline of crisis & care; remapping the field of environmental communication to reflect our growing community of scholars & 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 & the significance of environmental communication in the public sphere.

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, international climate negotiations, 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.