Climate change represents the most serious long-term threat to the environment and society that humans have ever faced. Fortunately, scientists and governments have identified a range of policies and behaviors that could help us mitigate and adapt to climate change. However, the current situation is limited by the fact that many people – particularly elected officials – continue to deny that climate change is a serious problem. Innovative and proactive communication will be necessary to change the beliefs and attitudes that limit willingness and ability to act on climate change. During this class, students will review the social science research on climate change attitude and behavior. From this research review, student teams will develop strategic communication plans and programs to help motivate action to address climate change. No credit toward the environmental studies major or minor. Does not satisfy the Core Curriculum Science requirement. Counts toward Society requirement in Core Curriculum.

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