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Communication Colloquium Series: New Directions for Communicating the Climate Crisis

Monday, October 7, 2019 at 1:30pm to 2:45pm

Mann Library, 102
Cornell University Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

The problem of communicating climate change is not one of insufficient knowledge, but an inability to deal with the knowledge we have. That knowledge triggers all the ways we – individually and collectively – deny and ignore the problem. The first step is to truly face the climate crisis, acknowledging and working through the feelings that prevent us from communicating and engaging. It’s also important to accept the enormity of the task and create alternative narratives that challenge the current social inertia. Shifting the focus from individuals as consumers to individuals as socially embedded actors provides social support and boosts self-efficacy.


Julia Corbett is a Professor in the Department of Communication and the Environmental Humanities Graduate Program at the University of Utah. From a macro-sociological view of social conflict and cultural change, she investigates environmental communication and human relationships with the natural world. She has published three books, including Communicating Nature (one of the first texts in environmental communication) and Out of the Woods: Seeing Nature in the Everyday, which won the 2018 Reading the West Book Award for Nonfiction. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota in 1994.

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