Communication and Education
Climate change demands interdisciplinary dialogue and discussion. The Communication and Education Research Theme pulls together all areas of climate change research. While scientific evidence in support of climate change is growing, awareness and education about its effects is severely lacking. Projected and current impacts of climate change have serious implications on human rights, food security, water, health, housing and self-determination. The severity of these impacts on communities demand new ways of understanding and communicating climate change for those at the community level as well as decision makers. This theme aims to investigate and analyse these issues, as well as pursue:
- Academic programs which provide an interdisciplinary framework for understanding climate change (such as SCOM201 Science, Media, Community: Communicating Climate Change).
- High profile conferences, seminars, film screenings and forums which bring a range of viewpoints about climate change to the general public as well as promote interdisciplinary dialogue between Macquarie academics.
- Education of vulnerable communities in the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to raise awareness of mitigation and adaptation strategies, and to record tangible and intangible heritage, part of its stock of local knowledge, which are directly impacted by climate change.
- Participatory media training of communities most affected by climate change to ensure greater representation of their voices in national policy development and international forums about climate change.
- Training seminars in communication techniques for Macquarie academics and post-grads