Communication, Media & Politics in the Anthropocene

Shifting Ideas, Shifting Opinion, Shifting Policy
Public Intellectuals
UC Santa Barbara Lecture: Why Experts and Environmentalists Disagree about Sustainability Problems (Video)

UC Santa Barbara Lecture: Why Experts and Environmentalists Disagree about Sustainability Problems (Video)

–Lecture presented at UC Santa Barbara’s Science of Science Communication conference, May 13-14 2015. Why Experts and Environmentalists Disagree About Sustainability Problems Matthew C. Nisbet Given their scale, complexity, and intractability, even those experts and environmentalists arguing for actions to address major sustainability problems like climate change often disagree about what the problems mean for...
Sept. 24 Talk @ Tufts University: Public Intellectuals in the Climate Debate -- Slides & Related Reading

Sept. 24 Talk @ Tufts University: Public Intellectuals in the Climate Debate — Slides & Related Reading

September 24, 2015 12:00-1:00pm | Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center  Tufts University Institute of the Environment Matthew C. Nisbet Slides and Audio In this presentation, Dr. Nisbet will discuss his research analyzing the role that prominent public intellectuals like Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Jeffrey Sachs, Tom Friedman, and Andrew Revkin play in shaping debate over...
Ecomodernists spark rhetorical heat

Ecomodernists spark rhetorical heat

–This article originally appeared at The Chronicle of Higher Education. For the first time in earth’s long history, human activities threaten not just local ecosystems but the global environment through climate change, ocean acidification, and other urgent problems. We have so much impact on the planet today that some scientists argue that we have crossed...
A call for greater diversity of thought in environmental studies courses

A call for greater diversity of thought in environmental studies courses

Even before Jacqueline Ho enrolled in her first environmental studies course at college, her thinking about climate change had been shaped during her years growing up in Singapore reading books by the environmental writer and activist Bill McKibben. At college, ideas first planted by McKibben were reinforced in courses where she read classics by Aldo...