Talk Tomorrow at NSF: Climate Change Communication 2.0
Matthew C. Nisbet, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Public Policy, and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. Nisbet studies the role of communication and advocacy in policymaking and public affairs, focusing on debates over over climate change, energy, and sustainability. Among awards and recognition, Nisbet has been a Visiting Shorenstein Fellow on Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, a Health Policy Investigator at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a Google Science Communication Fellow. In 2011, the editors at the journal Nature recommended Nisbet's research as “essential reading for anyone with a passing interest in the climate change debate,” and the New Republic highlighted his work as a “fascinating dissection of the shortcomings of climate activism."
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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- Antimicrobial-resistant pathogens are one of the largest threats to global health today.
- As we get older, our immune systems age, increasing our risk of life threatening infections. Without reliable antibiotics, life expectancy could decline for the first time in modern history.
- If antibiotics become ineffective, common infections could result in hospitalization or even death. Life-saving interventions like cancer treatments and organ transplantation would become more difficult, more often resulting in death. Routine procedures would become hard to perform.
- Without intervention, resistant pathogens could result in 10 million annual deaths by 2050.
- By taking a multi-faceted approach—inclusive of adherence to good stewardship, surveillance and responsible manufacturing practices, as well as an emphasis on prevention and treatment—companies like Pfizer are fighting to help curb the spread.
Christmas has many pagan and secular traditions that early Christians incorporated into this new holiday.
- Christmas was heavily influenced by the Roman festival of Saturnalia.
- The historical Jesus was not born on December 25th as many contemporary Christians believe.
- Many staple Christmas traditions predated the festival and were tied into ancient pagan worship of the sun and related directly to the winter solstice.
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