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How We Decide to Get Serious about Climate Solutions: Politics, Communication, and Framing

September 25 @ 10:00 am - 1:15 pm

Climate change has evolved into a hot-button, politically charged issue whether you are on the right or left. Communicating messages across audiences is challenging not only because the threat has been politicized but because climate change is often not seen as the emergency it is.

Join the Climate Adaptation Forum and our panel of national leaders to explore climate change communication and framing efforts across the political spectrum. Our panel will answer today’s most pressing questions: How is climate change internalized by different audiences? How have the panelists succeeded in communicating messages across audiences? Does it matter whether climate is framed as a greenhouse gas emissions problem or an adaptation/resilience problem? How does the framing of climate change intersect with structural racism?

Renowned climate change journalists, communication experts, and behavioral analysts will address why more people won’t respond to the threats of climate change with urgency. Are there easy ways to implement knock-out strategic messaging and remove obstacles to ambitious action? Do most people respond to messages of danger, opportunity, injustice, or something else?

This is a can’t-miss virtual event!

View the Final Agenda

 

Forum Co-Chairs


David W. Cash,
Ph.D., Founding Forum Steering Committee Member
Dean, John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies
University of Massachusetts Boston
Curriculum Vitae | LinkedIn

 

Sarah Finnie Robinson
Founding Director, The 51 Percent Project
Senior Fellow, Institute for Sustainable Energy
Adjunct Clinical Professor, College of Communication
Boston University
Biography | LinkedIn


Kathryn Meng Elmes
, Ph.D.
Carbon Strategic Partnerships
Indigo Agriculture
LinkedIn

 


Alex Papali
, Forum Steering Committee Member
Political Director
Center for Economic Democracy
LinkedIn

 

Speaker Agenda

Release of the Sustainable Solutions Lab Report – Views that Matter: Race and Opinions on Climate Change of Boston Area Residents

Click to View the PowerPoint Presentation – Views that Matter Race and Opinions on Climate Change of Boston Area Residents

Lorena M. Estrada-Martinez, Ph.D., MPH
Assistant Professor of Environment and Public Health
School for the Environment
University of Massachusetts Boston

 

 

Paul Watanabe, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science
Director of the Institute for Asian American Studies
University of Massachusetts Boston

 

Climate Across the Spectrum: Bare-Knuckle Politics in the Field

 

Moderator: Mary Skelton Roberts
Co-Director of Climate
Barr Foundation

 


Jacqueline Patterson
Director
NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program

 


Benji Backer
President and Founder
American Conservation Coalition

 

 

Randy Abreu
Policy Director
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)

 

Psychology, Semantics, and Strategy: Accelerating Response to Climate Change

 

Moderator: Sarah Finnie Robinson, Director, “The 51 Percent Project”, Institute for Sustainable Energy, Senior Fellow and Adjunct Clinical Professor, College of Communication, Boston University

 


Elke Weber, Ph.D.
Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment
Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs
Princeton University

Click to View the PowerPoint Presentation – Weber – 9-25-20

 


Justin Worland
Washington D.C.-based correspondent for TIME
covering energy and the environment

Click to View the PowerPoint Presentation – Worland – 9-25-20


John Marshall
Senior Client Advisor
Lippincott

Details

Date:
September 25
Time:
10:00 am - 1:15 pm

Venue

Virtual Event

Organizer

Climate Adaptation Forum
Phone:
617-505-1818
Email:
ebc@ebcne.org