The need for creative, out-of-the-box thinking on climate change communication and messaging, especially with scholarly engagement from disciplines beyond the climate sciences and with attention to empirical evaluation, has never been stronger. Spearheaded by Professor of Environmental Sciences and Policy at Duke University and returning ITP Grant Partner Nicole Heller, this project will bring together a group of scholars and practitioners predominately from the Duke University community in neurobiology, behavioral economics, climate and earth science, and the arts. They will explore experimental understanding to date and possible new research and education avenues at the intersection of art, cognition and climate science.
Eileen Thorsos is the Sustainability Education Program Coordinator for the Duke University Environmental Leadership Program & Duke University Superfund Research Center. Her work includes integrating sustainability into Duke curricula and communicating with professional and general audiences about environmental health and toxicology. She is interested in implementing effective communications approaches for shifting people's attitudes and behaviors related to climate change.
Eileen 'invoked the pause' in the hills of North Carolina last fall with the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment team. She recently spoke to us about this experience and the ensuing 'collateral delights'.
In September, a group of us got together for a 'pause' to brainstorm about experimental research on climate change communications, see here. Below, I have included some of the pictures from this retreat to share a bit more. What is on my mind though is Hurricane Sandy. It's been mind blowing to see the images of the storm and hear about the tragic deaths and damages. But the silver lining, if we can look for one, may be the shift the storm has produced in the conversation on climate change. Amazingly, the topic did not enter the presidential debate. But it has inserted itself now in the form of a giant, late season hurricane. » Read More
Dr. Bill Chameides is Dean of Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a contributing writer to the Huff Post Green, a section of the Huffington Post. Recently, Huff Post Green featured Dr. Chameides' article on ITP Grant Partner and Climate Scientist Nicole Heller's retreat in North Carolina.
Returning ITP Grant Partner and Climate Scientist Nicole Heller of Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, along with several neuroscientists and artists recently gathered for a two day retreat in North Carolina. Their coming together may change the way we receive the climate change message. Read about their "pause" here.