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Essential Concepts of Environmental Communication
An A–Z Guide

ISBN 9780367642020
Published April 13, 2022 by Routledge
300 Pages

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This book draws on a broad spectrum of environmental communications and related cross-disciplinary literature to help students and scholars grasp the interconnecting key concepts within this ever-expanding field of study. Aligning climate change and environmental learning through media and communications, particularly taking into account the post-COVID challenge of sustainability, remains one of the most important concerns within environmental communications. Addressing this challenge, Essential Concepts for Environmental Communication synthesises summary writings from a broad range of environmental theorists, while teasing out provocative concepts and key ideas that frame this evolving, multi-disciplinary field. Each entry maps out an important concept or environmental idea and illustrates how it relates more broadly across the growing field of environmental communication debates. Included in this volume is a full section dedicated to exploring what environmental communication might look like in a post-COVID setting:

• Offers cutting-edge analysis of the current state of environmental communications.

• Presents an up-to-date exploration of environmental and sustainable development models at a local and global level.

• Provides an in-depth exploration of key concepts across the ever-expanding environmental communications field.

• Examines the interaction between environmental and media communications at all levels.

• Provides a critical review of contemporary environmental communications literature and scholarship.

With key bibliographical references and further reading included alongside the entries, this innovative and accessible volume will be of great interest to students, scholars and practitioners alike.

Table of Contents



General Appeal: Essential Concepts for Environmental Communications

General Introduction

A-Z entries

Access to nature and love of nature: Case study Eco-tourism and Star Wars in Ireland

Advertising and Nature: How Environmental Issues are Projected in Media and PR

Affluence versus sustainable consumption in addressing Climate Change

Agency and childhood innocence in animation: Promoting Environmental Activism:

(Case study of Ferngully and Princess Mononoke.)

Agenda Setting and News Media coverage of Environmental Issues

Anthropomorphism, human love and the personification of animals: Blackfish

Anti-nuclear modes of environmental thinking – case study of Chernobyl

Avant Garde stories: Popularising Environmental Themes and Issues – Deseret

Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) and Climate Change

Blue Humanities: increasing Carbon and Waste Emissions

Carbon lock-in: a strategy for dealing with stranded assets – communicating the challenges

Circular Economy: Environmental Media, Inclusive and Just Transition - Snowpiercer

Circular Economy Finance and its Limitations

Citizen Media Engagement and Strategies used for Audience Reception Studies

Climate Literacy and Environmental Activism - Ozark

Climate Markets and Cap and Trade as Practical Environmental-Economic Solutions

Cognitive Dissonance and Eco-modernism

Communication/Media Models used for Environmental Communication

Community Engagement / Environmental Citizenship - ‘Change by Degrees’

Conservation as an Environmental Strategy towards evaluating Wilderness - Yellowstone

Consumption and the Diderot Effect: Sustainable Reduction, Reuse and Recycle

Coronavirus: Health and Effective Environmental Communication – Contagion

Creative Imaginary used to explore Solutions to Climate Change - 2040

Critical Theory and Environmental Communication

Critique of Historical Western Consumer Society – case study of A Christmas Carol

De-growth: Radical Solutions for Climate Change Stability

Democratic Deficit: From Techno-fix to Gaia - the War Narrative

Ecological Modernism and Sustainable Development: Our Common Future

Eco-villages – Case study of Cloughjordan: an Irish Transitional and Sustainable Project

Ecocriticism and the Growth of Environmental Communication

Eco-materialism: Case Study of the Real Environmental Cost of Media Production

Education versus Disinformation: Promoting Environmental Literacy

Effects Theory and Environmental Behavioural Change

Employment opportunities: Feeding into Environmental Communications HE Courses.

Enclosure Movement and Tragedy of the Commons

Energy Humanities: From Fossil Fuels to the Carbon Economy

Energy Landscapes and Media Perceptions: Case study of Ireland

Environmental Media Risk Campaigns: Best Practice Protocols

Environmental Citizenship as a model of engaging Humans around Climate Change

Environmental Management of the Media: Marrying Mindmapping and Carbon Footprinting

Environmental Justice: Case study India

Environmental Justice: Case study of Representations of Inuit in The Terror (Nora Doorley)

Environmental Justice: A Case Study of Renewable Energy in Postcolonial Morocco

Environmental Justice: A Case Study of Uruguay (Victoria Gomez)

Fake News, Post Truth and Environment Communication – The Social Dilemma

Fast Fashion, The Third World and the Circular Economy

Free Press theory versus Social Responsibility Model of Media: Case Study Climategate

Green Transformation and Global Citizen Engagement - Green New Deal (Naomi Klein)

Greening the Higher Education Curriculum: Drawing on the power of Children’s Media

Greening the Media: Drawing on Scholarship in using New Environmental Media Journals

Greenwashing The Corporate and Media Industry; PR limitations and CSR

Greenwashing Lite: Celebrity Culture and Green Product Placement: Down to Earth

Historical Environmental Representations of Communal Living: Happy as Lazarro

Hippie Counter Culture, Active Environmental Agency and Eco-Spirituality: Leave No Trace

Human Rights violation and Climate Change: Who should pay!

Intersectionality and eco-citizenship: Drawing on Race, Class, Gender and Ethnicity Debates

Jevon’s Paradox, Energy Efficiency and its Environmental Application: Case Study F1

Just Transition and Energy: from Fossil Fuels to Renewables - Peat workers in Ireland

Legal Representations of Environmental Agency: Case Studies of Dark Waters

Linguistic Discourse and ecocriticism – Naming the Crisis!

Literary Tropes for Representing Low Carbon Futures

Mediatization of Climate Change with a focus on Environmental Concerns

Media Coverage of Climate Change debate: triggers for promoting Environmental Literacy

Multi-level perspective (MLP) analysis of Climate Change

Museums and Curating Exhibitions as a model for Representations of Climate Change

Native (Invader) species: Representations and Effects on Bio-diversity

Natural Capital as a Business Response in dealing with Climate Change

Nature Based Solutions – A Life on our Planet

NIMBY’ism (Not in my back yard): Case Study of Renewable Energy

Non-Conventional Environmental Activism: a case study of Women at War

Organic signifiers of communication with a national eco-system – Tree of Life

Overton window and Making Radical Political Environmental Decisions

Pastoralism as model of Human’s love of Nature in Literature and Film

Peak Oil and ‘Keep it in the Ground’: contested environmental debates

Petrofiction, Petrochemical Emissions: Reaching Dangerous Limits

Posthumanism and Ecological Thinking

Postmodernism and Climate Change Communication

Population overshoot: our Ecological Footprint and loss of Biodiversity - Downsizing

Queer Theorising and Nature: New modes of imagining Gender – Brokeback Mountain

Regenerative Soil and overcoming Desertification: Case Study of Kiss the Ground

Religious Fanaticism and Romanticisation of Nature: Case Study of A Hidden Life

Renewable Energy Debates and Critiques: Case study of Planet of the Humans

Risk Society and Climate Change

Sensory Big Data and Art: Communicating through the Five Senses

Shock Doctrine and Pandemics: as a precursor for the Climate Crisis

Sixth Extinction and Environmental Disasters

Slow Violence and Poverty: Lack of Equity in Representing Environmental Scholarship

Social Media and Climate Change Communication: A Tool for Innovation!

Spiritual Representations of Environmental Agency: First Reformed

Sustainable Communication and Environmental New Media research

Sustainability Accounting – (Aideen O'Dochartaigh, DCU Business School)

Tipping point around climate change transformation – Audience Research

Transdisciplinary research (TDR) and Environmental Communication

Utopian Environmental Messaging: Lessons from Hollywood and guides to Young People

Veganism and Promoting Environmental Values through Celebrity Endorsement

Water Documentaries as Public Service Announcement (PSA) - Irish Water Conflict

Weather Documentary Scholarship: Mediating Climate Change Effects and Public Opinion

Westerns reflecting Deep Environmental Issues and Nature’s Revenge: Wild River

Wind Energy: Storytelling, Renewable Energy and Community Adaptation

World Bank (The) and Developing Effective Financial Environmental Communication

*Final Essay: The Future of Environmental Communications – Overcoming Anxiety

[A-Z Audio Visual Case Studies]


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Pat Brereton is a Professor in the School of Communications and is Co-Director of the Climate and Society Research Centre at Dublin City University, Ireland.