Bridging Divides: Spaces of Scholarship and Practice in Environmental Communication

The 2015 Conference on Communication and Environment in Boulder. Boulder and the University of Colorado share a long-time commitment to environmental awareness. In addition, Boulder is home to many researchers, politicians, NGOs, writers, artists and performers actively contributing to our ongoing conversations of what “environment” is now, has been, and is meant to be. Come, listen, reflect, and add your voice!
When 11 Jun, 2015 11:45 AM to
14 Jun, 2015 11:45 AM
Where Boulder, Colorado, USA
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The 13th biennial Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) will take place in Boulder, Colorado in June 2015. Boulder sits near the American continental divide. The divide extends from the northern-most tip of Alaska to the southern reaches of Chile. From one vantage point, this divide seems permanent with its rocky ridges that cause water to flow on one side to the Atlantic and on the other, the Pacific. So too with its longstanding influence on continental weather patterns and the different ecosystems that have followed the rock, water, and weather. Yet, from another vantage, the divide is ever-changing. The line of rock that tells the water which way to go wears away and shifts over time as it interacts with weather, human activity, and geological forces. The resulting changes to water flows and downstream ecological communities can be subtle or great. Only one thing is for certain though: all waters eventually flow into one great global ocean.

We would like to meet you in Colorado, near the “Great Divide,” to address, discuss, deliberate and bridge the many divides, challenges, and opportunities facing environmental and sustainability communication practitioners, researchers, artists, students, teachers, and organizations.

Organizers invite all to consider, the following divides within the landscape of environmental and sustainability communication, and how we might bridge them:

  • environmental communication theory AND practice
  • scholars AND practitioners of environmental communication
  • differing theories of change in environmental communication
  • different environmental discourses
  • advocacy intentions AND policy outcomes
  • the many disciplines, arts and sciences that inform the field
  • environmental attitudes AND behaviours
  • aspirations for public participation AND actual opportunities
  • media watchdogs AND media lapdogs
  • environmental science knowledge AND actual public understanding
  • cultures that see, experience, and value the world differently from each other
  • communities facing environmental conflicts
  • media representations AND environmental literacy
  • different environmental, social, and cultural values
  • differing political alternatives to address environmental issues


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