1st Edition

Climate and Sustainability Communication Global Perspectives

Edited By Donnalyn Pompper Copyright 2017
    160 Pages
    by Routledge

    160 Pages
    by Routledge

    Climate and Sustainability Communication: Global Perspectives builds upon traditional approaches to understanding the role of mass media in shaping social issues by amplifying diverse perspectives of opinion leaders, as well as voices of those affected by climate and sustainability issues.

    From South Korea and China, to the United States and Zambia, the studies reported in this book—compiled using a variety of formal research methods, including content analysis, interview, and survey—emphasize cultural orientation and global implications of climate and sustainability concerns and issues. The contributors explore the cultures, geographies, and media systems underpinning climate and sustainability campaigns emerging around the world, how we theorize about them, and the ways in which media are used to communicate about them.

    The way in which complex problems and opportunities associated with globalization and power inequities interplay with climate and sustainability communication requires creative, interdisciplinary, approaches. This book opens new conversations for integrating scholarly arenas of mass media communication, science and environmental communication, political communication, and health communication, as well as their respective theory and research method sets. This book was originally published as a special issue of Mass Communication and Society.

    Introduction – Beyond the Business Case: Building Upon Traditional Approaches and Opening New Spaces for Multiple Perspectives on Climate and Sustainability Communication Donnalyn Pompper

    1. Mass Communication Research in Sustainability Science: Moving Toward an Engaged Approach to Address Society’s Sustainability Dilemma Hollie Smith, Brianne Suldovsky, and Laura Lindenfeld

    2. Who Is Responsible for Climate Change? Attribution of Responsibility, News Media, and South Koreans’ Perceived Risk of Climate Change Jeongheon JC Chang, Sei-Hill Kim, Jae Chul Shim, and Dong Hoon Ma

    3. Marketplace Advocacy by the U.S. Fossil Fuel Industries: Issues of Representation and Environmental Discourse Barbara Miller Gaither and T. Kenn Gaither

    4. Digital Media, Cycle of Contention, and Sustainability of Environmental Activism: The Case of Anti-PX Protests in China Jun Liu

    5. Media’s Role in Enhancing Sustainable Development in Zambia Carrie Young and Katherine McComas

    6. "Maybe Yes, Maybe No?": Testing the Indirect Relationship of News Use through Ambivalence and Strength of Policy Position on Public Engagement with Climate Change Jay D. Hmielowski and Erik C. Nisbet

    7. Communicating Sustainability Online: An Examination of Corporate, Nonprofit, and University Websites Holly Ott, Ruoxu Wang, and Denise Bortree


    Donnalyn Pompper is a Professor in the School of Media and Communication at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Her teaching and research concerns power, the provision of routes for enabling people around the world to enjoy equality and respect at work, and critique of the ways in which social identity groups are represented across mass media platforms.