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Media Research on Climate Change: Where have we been and where are we heading?

Call for Papers:




Media Research on Climate Change:
Where have we been and where are we heading?

This special issue to be published in March 2014 aims to critically appraise
the field and map out the future direction of research on media coverage of
climate change. Along with the past decade’s general acknowledgement of
climate change as one of the most serious challenges to a sustainable
society, the body of media research on climate change has rapidly grown.
The climate coverage of various national media has been extensively
analysed from various perspectives (scientific, democratic, political,
visual, emotional, cultural, etc.), and the quest for the development of a global
understanding of climate reporting has resulted in a number of international
comparisons. Additionally, media research has, to some extent, addressed
citizens’ representations of climate change in relation to media discourse.
Thus, a great deal of academic work has been directed towards the maping
out of media representations, something which has generated vital basic
knowledge about the role of the media in the social construction of climate
change. The timely question at this point is: how should we best proceed
in order to take media studies on climate change to the next level? More
specifically, what conclusions can be drawn in light of the existing body
of work and how might the research move into the next phase? In which
direction should the field orient itself, theoretically and empirically
speaking? Articles will address the lessons to be learnt, the
challenges to be met, and the directions to be taken in order to meet imminent
challenges and further develop the field of media research on climate change.

Possible themes papers address may include:
• The development of theoretical and conceptual frameworks for
media studies on climate change
• (New) methodological procedures for media studies on climate
• Particularly important empirical aspects of future media studies on
climate change, such as online representations and/or the role of
communications campaigns/persuasive communication
• Ways in which media studies on climate change can be integrated
into interdisciplinary collaborative research aimed at mitigating and
adapting to climate change impacts

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Instead of Trying to Feed the World, Let’s Help it Feed Itself | NationofChange


Sooner or later the question comes up, whether it is between two friends sharing a pot of stew made from local grassfed beef and their garden harvest, livestock farmers gathered on a pasture walk, neighbors working together to tend a flock of backyard chickens, or organic vegetable producers discussing yields at a conference.

“But can we feed the world this way?”

As we try to move humanity away from dominant power regimes and thoughtless extraction of the earth’s resources, toward a way of life that honors the earth and all of her creatures, I think this is the most maddening question we can be asking ourselves.

Nevertheless, we’ve all been conditioned to reflexively turn to this question as we challenge our methods and consider new paths toward sustainability.

However, 75 or 100 years ago, such a question would never have entered into our dialogue. To ask a local farmer or homesteader how his or her production methods were going to feed the world would have been absurd. The local producer’s job was to support the family, the community, and his or her bioregion–not the world.

But following World War II, with the onset of the “Green Revolution,” feeding the world became a national mantra. It was a ubiquitous “good” that handily justified the discovery that the petrochemicals used in warfare could find postwar applications if dumped on our food supply.

“Feeding the world” consoled farmers as they incurred mountains of debt to afford the fossil-fuel-intensive machinery and expansive acreage that would enable them to crank out tons of food for which they would garner increasingly lower prices.“Feeding the world” was the elixir offered as our grandparents attempted to adjust their palates to a food supply that was suddenly tasteless as local food disappeared from the market. “Feeding the world” was the slogan tossed about as rural people the world over surrendered ties to the land, moved to cities, and trusted that the food system would take care of itself. “Feeding the world” was the background tune playing in the bank, on the car radio of the seed salesman, in the office of the accountant as farmers were counseled to “get big or get out,” to expand their production and change their growing practices to participate in a global food supply, rather than a regional one. “Feeding the world”was the motto that let Americans turn their heads and not notice the polluted waters, the increasing severity of floods, soil loss, or the fact that the little farm next door had suddenly disappeared. …..(read more).

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120
Food-Matters http://Food-Matters.TV

Why the Sierra Club Broke Tradition to Protest the Keystone Pipeline | News & Notes, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com

February 14, 2013
by Lauren Feeney

In an act of civil disobedience against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from the tar sands of Canada to refineries in Texas, 48 protesters were arrested Wednesday for blocking the sidewalk in front of the White House. Among those arrested were the actress Daryl Hannah, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his son, Conor Kennedy, civil rights leader Julian Bond, environmentalist Bill McKibben, and Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, whose participation marked the end of the organization’s 120-year prohibition against civil disobedience. At the protest, we spoke with Brune to find out why the pipeline pushed the group to break this long-standing tradition. “This particular project — Keystone XL pipeline — is so horrendous, it’s so wrong, and it’s being proposed at such an important time that we don’t want to leave any tool on the table,” Brune told us shortly before his arrest, saying that the pipeline would “guarantee that we’re locked into the most carbon-intensive fuel source on the planet for the next half-century.”

Brune also explains the significance of the pipeline in this recent post on TomDispatch, as well as on his own Sierra Club blog post about the protest. A major rally for climate action, organized by the Sierra Club, 350.org and the Hip Hop Caucus, is planned for this Sunday at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Donors Trust: The ATM for Climate Denial | Money & Politics, What Matters Today

February 21, 2013
by Theresa Riley

According to Mother Jones and The Guardian newspaper, over the past decade, a little-known group called Donors Trust has funneled hundreds of millions of dollars from wealthy contributors to a host of right-wing organizations, advocacy groups and think tanks. MJ‘s Andy Kroll dubs it the “dark-money ATM of the right” because of all the conservative campaigns the group had bankrolled. He writes:

Founded in 1999, Donors Trust (and an affiliated group, Donors Capital Fund) has raised north of $500 million and doled out $400 million to more than 1,000 conservative and libertarian groups, according to Whitney Ball, the group’s CEO. Donors Trust allows wealthy contributors who want to donate millions to the most important causes on the right to do so anonymously, essentially scrubbing the identity of those underwriting conservative and libertarian organizations.

The group bankrolled attacks on unions, public schools, regulating Wall Street and the veracity of global warming. The Guardian‘s Suzanne Goldenberg reports that climate change denial was a particular focus of the fund. By 2010, the Trust had “distributed $118m to 102 thinktanks or action groups” on record denying human involvement with climate change or “opposing environmental regulations.”

Recipients included some of the best-known think tanks on the right. The American Enterprise Institute, which is closely connected to the Republican party establishment and has a large staff of scholars, received more than $17m in untraceable donations over the years, the record show.

Smaller, less well-known groups also made out well. Goldenberg spotlights several that received major money from Donors Trust, including the Heartland Institute, which was given $13 million; and the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (Cfact) which reported half its funding came from the trust. Cfact produces Climate Depot, a website that CJR reports “regularly publishes misinformation about climate change.”

Watch Suzanne Goldenberg talk with Democracy Now!‘s Amy Goodman about her report and the different organizations that have received Donor Trust funding.

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

“Globalization” – The Greatest Criminal Heist In History


Published on Aug 4, 2012

Herman Daly – on Globalization

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120
Food-Matters http://Food-Matters.TV

Rebecca Tarbotton: Globalization as a Driver of Environmental Decline


Published on Dec 6, 2012

Until her tragic death on December 26, 2012, Rebecca Tarbotton was the Executive Director of Rainforest Action Network (RAN). This was her plenary talk at ISEC’s Economics of Happiness Conference, held in Berkeley, California in March 2012. Becky worked with ISEC for nearly 10 years, and we have created a tribute page to her at www.theeconomicsofhappiness.org/tribute-­to-rebecca-tarbotton

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120
Food-Matters http://Food-Matters.TV

Chasing Ice Trailer


Published on Feb 22, 2013

In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.
Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.
As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Leading Environmentalist Rebecca Tarbotton of Rainforest Action Network Dies at 39


Leading environmentalist and human rights champion Rebecca “Becky” Tarbotton, executive director of the organization Rainforest Action Network (RAN), has died at the age of 39.

According to RAN, Tarbotton died Wednesday on a beach in Mexico while vacationing with her husband and friends. The coroner ruled cause of death as asphyxiation from water she breathed in while swimming.

“Tarbotton was the first female executive director of RAN, and a strong female voice in a movement often dominated by men,” quotes RAN in a press release. “Under her leadership, RAN was engaged in protecting endangered rainforests and the rights of their indigenous inhabitants. Most recently, she helped to design the most significant agreement in the history of the organization: A landmark policy by entertainment giant, Disney, that is set to transform everything about the way the company purchases and uses paper.”

Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman wrote about Tarbotton’s work this May after RAN activists climbed 100 feet to suspend a banner on Charlotte’s Bank of America stadium, where President Obama was scheduled to make his nomination acceptance speech. The banner read “Bank of America” with the word “America” crossed out and replaced with “Coal.” Tarbotton told her: “Bank of America is the lead financier of mountaintop-removal mining, which is a practice of mining which is really the worst of the worst mining that we see anywhere, essentially blowing the tops off of mountains in Appalachia, destroying people’s homes, polluting their water supplies. And that’s even before it gets into the coal plants, where it’s burnt and creates air pollution in inner-city areas and all around our country … [it’s] the canary in the coal mine for our reliance on fossil fuels.”

Tarbotton was interviewed several times on Democracy Now! over the years. You can watch her last appearance above.

Tarbotton was interviewed on Democracy Now! in 2010 when she spoke about efforts to defeat a ballot initiative that would effectively repeal California’s landmark global warming emissions law.

“Becky was a leader’s leader. She could walk into the White House and cause a corporate titan to reevaluate his perspective, and then moments later sit down with leaders from other movements and convince them to follow her lead,” said Ben Jealous, executive director of the NAACP and a close friend, upon news of her passing. “If we had more heroes like her, America and the world would be a much better place.”

NYT Obituary: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/03/us/rebecca-tarbotton-environmental-activist-dies-at-39.html

Read more about Tarbotton on RAN’s tribute page to her.

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Author/Activist Naomi Klein Receives Rainforest Action Network Challenging-Business-As-Usual Award


Uploaded on Dec 14, 2011

Author/activist Naomi Klein, straight from the Occupy Wall Street protests, receives RAN’s Rainforest Award for Challenging-Business-As-Usual. In her acceptance speech, Klein inspires RAN staff and supporters with what she sees as the promise and potential of the Occupy movement. And how does this relate to an environmental group? As Klein put it: “The same logic that is destroying our economy is also destroying our environment.”

video by: Loren R. Robertson Productions, lorenrrobertson.com

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Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Becky Tarbotton – Rainforest Action Network – REVEL 2012


Published on Nov 20, 2012

Rainforest Action Network’s executive director Becky Tarbotton speaking at REVEL 2012

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120
Food-Matters http://Food-Matters.TV