Communicating climate change
Human-induced changes in climate have critical consequences on environmental integrity and socio-economic activities — locally, regionally and globally — that require immediate sociopolitical actions. While the science behind climate change is concrete, the communication of climate change is often through excessive use of jargons, which limits broader engagements beyond disciplinary domains.
As a result, the public often sees the discussion around climate change as abstract and distant — something that they cannot feel and therefore cannot include as a personal matter of concern.
To fill this gap, we require innovative approaches to go beyond the methodological limitations in disseminating disciplinary knowledge. Such approaches should make the ‘invisibility’ of climate change and its impacts seen, felt and imagined by non-experts. Such creative efforts for scientific outreach, therefore, tend to depart from conventional forms of scientific communication and can extend to various emerging forms that are rather artistic in nature rather than scientific.
The aim of this two-day workshop is to get familiar with some of these communication efforts that have already led — or can potentially lead — to more accessible modes of transdisciplinary and public engagement with the science of climate change and its socio-economic and environmental impacts.
This workshop includes technical presentations and public talks. During the technical presentations, designed for a limited audience, world-renown invited experts will introduce their research and discuss their visions and methods on transferring their specific scientific findings beyond the regular boundaries of their fields. During the public talks, participants can witness how such approaches can better connect research findings with the public.
• Michela Carrière, Cree artist and herbal therapist at Big Eddy Lodge on the Saskatchewan River Delta
• Kaveh Madani, Henry Hart Rice senior fellow at Yale University and visiting professor at Imperial College London
• Simon Michael Papalexiou, assistant professor in theDepartment of Civil, Geological and Environmental Engineering and the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan
• Graham Strickert, assistant professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability and the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan