Culture, Politics and Climate Change
ENVS 4800

Week 7
(October 4 & 6)

COMPONENT III: THE PUBLIC – understanding, engagement, mediating images

Tuesday, October 4

  • activity #2 ‘The Twitter Project’ introduced

Hulme, M. (2009) Why we disagree about climate change: understanding controversy, inaction and opportunity Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK, Chapter 9 ‘The way we govern’, 284-322.

Ockwell, D., L. Whitmarsh, and S. O’Neill (2009) Reorienting climate change communication for effective mitigation: forcing people to be green or fostering grass-roots engagement? Science Communication, 30, 305-327.

Moser, S.C. (2009) Costly politics – unaffordable denial: the politics of public understanding and engagement in climate change, in The Politics of Climate Change (M. Boykoff, ed.) Routledge/Europa: London, UK,  155-182.

Kahan, D.M., E. Peters, D. Braman, P. Slovic, M. Wittlin, L.L. Ouellette, and G. Mandel (2011) The tragedy of the risk-perception commons: culture conflict, rationality conflict and climate change, Cultural Cognition Project working paper no.89.


Thursday, October 6

  • co-facilitation #5

Boykoff, M. (2011) Who Speaks for the Climate? Making Sense of Media Coverage of Climate Change, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK, Chapter 7 ‘Carbonundrums: media consumption in the public sphere’, 145-166.

Cox, R. (2010) Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, CA, Chapter 3 ‘Public participation in environmental decisions’ 83-118.

Leiserowitz, A., E., C. Roser-Renouf, and N. Smith (2011) Global warming’s six Americas, Yale Project on Climate Change and George Mason University.

Weber, E.U., and P.C. Stern (2011) Public understanding of climate change in the United States, American Psychologist, 66(4), 315-328.