For DC-area readers who have been following the discussion of climate change communication at this blog, you will want to turn out to Ed Maibach's talk tomorrow at the NSF. Details below. For background reading, see Ed's report with colleagues on Global Warming's Six Americas and the resources at the Center for Climate Change Communication, which he directs. I would also recommend his recent co-authored article from the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. Ed and I are collaborating on a funded project to test different frames on climate change across audience segments, evaluating the potential for public engagement. We presented on this work at NSF earlier this month. For more details see this post.

WHAT: Climate Change Communication 2.0

WHEN: Tuesday, August 25, 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

WHERE: National Science Foundation (NSF), Stafford Place 1, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Rm. 110, Arlington, VA

WHO: Dr. Ed Maibach, Director of George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Communication.

ABOUT THE TOPIC: Increasing awareness and understanding of climate change is important if ultimately we are going to be able to change behaviors to tackle the problem. Dr. Maibach will share his thoughts about lessons learned from the first 20 years of climate change communication in America (starting with Jim Hansen's clarion call to Congress in the late 1980s). He will also facilitate a discussion with session participants about the climate change communication challenges we will likely face over the next 20 years. Learn how you might effectively engage your friends and others to become part of the solution.

REGISTRATION: FREE, however advanced registration is required. To register, click here or call 703-228-0861.

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