[CRYOLIST] Climate Change Communication at AGU 2018

Rachel Valletta rachv at sas.upenn.edu
Mon Jul 23 07:05:41 PDT 2018

Hey Cryolist,

Is public-facing climate change communication part of your work? What
recommendation would you make to fellow researchers and bench scientists
interested in engaging the public, but don’t know how?

Consider sharing a *single best practice* in Session ED040: Initiating
Climate Change Conversations: a Starter Pack for Research Scientists

If you’re a public-facing scientist, an informal educator, or somewhere in
between, we want to hear from you! *Short talk* format will be 5-8 minutes
long followed by Q&A. Extra first author submissions to ED sessions allowed.

Final abstract deadline is 1 August 2018, 11:59 PM EDT.

We look forward to seeing you in DC,
Rachel Valletta, Climate Urban Systems Partnership (CUSP), The Franklin
Margie Turrin, Polar Learning and Responding (PoLAR), Columbia University

The rapidly advancing field of climate communication reveals that while the
majority of Americans consider themselves interested in or personally
affected by global warming, they rarely/never discuss the topic. This
“spiral of silence” begets itself, and even those Americans gravely
concerned about global warming and climate change shy away from discussing
such topics because they themselves do not hear it. It is possible to
reverse this trend by simply initiating a climate change conversation.
Earth scientists are uniquely capable of engaging in such dialogue – and
are increasingly motivated to do so – but are often untrained in the
“how-to.” In this short oral session, we invite dynamic informal educators
to share a best practice for initiating climate change conversations. Each
talk will offer a single, proven tactic for research scientists to
jump-start their own climate change conversations. Informal educators
specializing in climate change communication are strongly encouraged to


Rachel D Valletta, Ph.D.
Environmental Scientist
The Franklin Institute
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