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Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere


By: J Robert Cox(Author), Phaedra Carmen Pezzullo(Author)

422 pages, b/w photos

Sage Publications Inc

Paperback | Jul 2015 | Edition: 4 | #222042 | ISBN-13: 9781483344331
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The Fourth Edition of the award-winning Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere remains the only comprehensive introduction to the growing field of environmental communication. In the updated and revised edition, Robert Cox and Phaedra C. Pezzullo include four new chapters introducing students to "Visual and Popular Culture Portrayals of the Environment," "Digital Media and Environmental Activism," "Sustainability and the Greening of Campuses and Corporations," and "Citizen's (and Nature's) 'Standing': Environmental Protection and the Law."

All 14 chapters include expanded discussion of key communication concepts, new case studies, and global or international examples. Coverage of recent developments – the impact of digital technologies on environmental journalists, innovations in visual graphics (such as infographics and interactive maps), initiatives by climate scientists and media producers in communicating with the public, growth of digitally-mediated global networks, or debates over legal protection of non-human nature – bring students and teachers up to date in important areas of environmental communication. And case studies of controversies such as hydraulic "fracking," climate change, and the destruction of rainforests, as well as the role of digital "network of networks" in organizing the global People's Climate March – illustrate relevant application of the principles of communication in these environmental events.

Finally, the Fourth Edition includes an expanded Glossary of key terms and new pedagogical materials – "Act Locally!" exercises, "Discussion Questions," and "Suggested Resources" with recommended readings, documentary films, and websites for students and instructors who are interested in further examination of topics covered in each chapter.

New to this edition:
- Four new chapters introduce students to visual and popular culture, digital media and activism, the sustainability of college and corporation campuses, and the legal “standing” of citizens and nature.  
- Coverage of recent developments –the impact of digital media technologies on environmental journalists and advocacy organizations, innovative uses of visual communication (live news feeds, infographics, and interactive maps), collaboration practices in natural resource decisions, sustainability campaigns that are making a difference, and more – brings students and teachers up-to-date in important areas of environmental communication.  
- More global and diverse images and case studies of environmental leaders, practices, and movements help foster the imagination of students and ground the theories introduced in the text.
- The exploration of controversial topics such as hydraulic "fracking," climate science, and the legal standing of nonhuman species illustrates relevant application of the principles of communication in environmental practices and decision making.
- Act Locally! exercises offer more ways to encourage citizen participation and give students the opportunity to apply the principles of environmental communication to their campus and community.
- Suggested Resources in each chapter continue to provide recommended readings, documentary films, movies, and websites for students and instructors interested in further examination of the topics covered.

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Introduction: Speaking for/about the Environment     

Part I: Communicating 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     

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     

Part II: Constructions of “the Environment”     
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     

Part III: Communicating in an Age of Ecological Crises     
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     
A Cultural Theory of Risk Assessment     
Communicating Environmental Risks in the Public Sphere     
Citizens Becoming Scientists     
Mainstream News Media and Environmental Risk     

Part IV: Environmental Campaigns and Movements     
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     
Indecorous Voices and Toxic Tours     
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     

Part V: Citizen Voices and Environmental Forums     
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?

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