CLIMATE COMMUNICATIONS RESOURCES FROM SUSANNE MOSER

A collection of resources from climate communications expert Susanne Moser (of Susanne Moser Research & Consulting, Stanford University and UCSC). Her research focuses on climate adaptation, vulnerability, resilience, communication, social change, decision support and the interaction between scientists, policymakers and the public.

Susanne Moser's work provides us with a better understanding of how the public responds to the challenges of climate change and how we can mobilize civic engagement. We have included our takeaways for each reource in this collection. 

 

Collection Resources

Climate Access, in partnership with the County of Marin, San Francisco-based Owlized and Dr. Susanne Moser used a unique visualization technology enabling community members to be part of decision making processes to help Marin County prepare for climate impacts and build stronger, more resilient communities.

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Communications expert Susanne Moser discusses the progress in understanding how to effectively communicate about climate change by examining current challenges in the 21st century. 

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One of the most effective ways to communicate a message in our fast-paced society is through visual communication. These images are used in brochures, posters, social media posts, and billboards.

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As part of a forthcoming environmental leadership handbook, Susanne Moser examines the challenges that future environmental leaders will encounter and how these individuals can serve as models to the public.

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This letter examines ways of communicating with urban dwellers that will result in positive engagement towards mitigating and adapting to climate change.

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This chapter from "The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society" identifies four main strategies that have been employed over the last 20 years to elicit public engagement, outreach and education and how these have often been ineffective in fostering lasting engagement and action, and how this knowledge can be harnessed for future communications.

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The foreword to a collection of essays, it discusses the choice people have in either mitigating and adapting to or ignoring climate change, why communicating and engaging with the public is important in the climate change debate and how that may be achieved.

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This review looks at studies that use qualitative methods to examine public understandings, perceptions and engagement with climate change. It examines the similarities and differences that have been found across social, geographical and cultural boundaries. It also looks at the insights this literature provides into different communication strategies.

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This chapter from "The Politics of Climate Change" (edited by Maxwell Boykoff) looks at the cognitive, affective and behavioral challenges to fostering public engagement in climate change policy in the developed world and the structural, institutional and economic issues that should be considered when addressing different groups. 

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This chapter, from a book on the politics of climate change in North America, looks at mobilizing civic engagement in relation to the public and private sectors’ climate governance efforts.

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A synthesis of climate change communication methods and challenges that communicators face, including disbelief, self-interest and issue complexity.

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A letter sent to the presidential candidates in 2008 that summarizes American opinions towards climate change and why new forms of outreach are needed as well as ways to initiate a nationwide outreach campaign.

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