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Inaugural International Climate Communication Conference

On October 12-13, 2013 in Beijing China we co-hosted an inaugural international conference entitled Climate Change Communication: Research and Practice.  The conference was co-organized with the China Center for Climate Change Communication (China4C), a partnership of Oxfam Hong Kong and the Research Center for Journalism and Social Development at Renmin University and was held at Renmin. 

The conference aimed to convene and help catalyze the international community of climate change communication scholars and practitioners. This new field is growing rapidly around the world, as scientists, governments, the media, companies, and NGOs recognize the vital importance of effective communication about climate change. Globally, the field has achieved a critical mass and it is time to gather many of the world’s leading climate change communication experts together to share their insights, make connections, and help establish a global network. 

Day 1 of the conference situated current scholarship within the larger field of communication theory and practice, presented the findings of survey research on the state of climate change knowledge, perceptions, policy preferences, and behavior around the world, and examined the design of effective messages about climate change.

Day 2 focused on the roles played by and message frames used by different messengers, the rapid evolution of traditional and new communication channels, and case studies of climate communication in practice, ranging from global multilateral organizations (e.g., IPCC) to targeted groups (e.g., youth). 

Conference Media Coverage

Date Title Original Source Reposts
10/15/13 Climate Change Communications Experts Meet in Beijing  
10/11/13 Effective Communication Essential to Addressing Climate Change  
10/17/13 On Better Climate Change Communication  
10/20/13 Dialogue 10/20/2013, Climate Change New Call For Action CCTV-News  
10/11/13 International Conference on Climate Change Communication Was Held In Beijing Xinhua net 4
10/14/13 Expert: Public Understanding of Climate Change Remained Quite Low Beijing Times 7
10/14/13 Climate Change Topic: Why Climate Change Always Mistifying? Weather China 6
10/13/13 Zheng Baowei: Public Would Like to Make Efforts to the Adaptation of Climate Change China Youth Daily 9
10/13/13 Zheng Baowei: Climate Change Communication Furthers its Step to Take Off China News 8
10/9/13 China is Brainstorming in Order to Address Climate Change China News 13
10/21/13 The Turning Point of Low Understanding Level of Public on Climate Change Might Come in 2014 21st Century Business Herald 11
10/19/13 Let the Public Understand Mitigation to Climate Change China Economic Herald  
10/22 Be Reliable Assistants to Address Climate Change China Meteorological News  6
10/16/13 2013 International Conference on Climate Change Communication: Climate Change Communication Starts to Take Off in China China Development Brief 2


From Left: YPCCC Director Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz; Prof. Baowei ZHENG, Director of the China Center for Climate Change Communication at Renmin University of China; Dr. Susanne Moser, Contributing Author to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report and Director and Principal Researcher of Susanne Moser Research & Consulting; Edward Maibach Director of the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University.