1st Edition

Essential Concepts of Environmental Communication An A–Z Guide

By Pat Brereton Copyright 2022
    300 Pages
    by Routledge

    300 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.



    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]



    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.

    "In the ever-expanding field of environmental humanities, Essential Concepts of Environmental Communication: An A-Z Guide is a commendable collection that constitutes instances of a wide range of environmental communications and related cross-disciplinary literature. In the background of the post-COVID challenges of sustainability, this collection addresses climate change through the lens of media and communications. This book highlights challenging notions and ideas that will continue to define this developing multidisciplinary topic even as it aims to compile writings and reflections from a wide spectrum of studies in the connected fields."

    Green Letters, Dipayan Dutta, Department of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University