COVID-19 and Climate Change: Communications

Composite image shows a globe of the earth, surrounded by corona virus

Date & time

12pm 9 July 2020

Location

Zoom webinar

Speakers

Dr William Grant Senior Lecturer, Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science
Dr David Holmes Director, Climate Change Communication Research Hub, Monash University

Contacts

 Lamis Kazak

Presented by the ANU Climate Change Institute this interactive discussion features communication experts Dr Will Grant and Dr David Holmes on COVID-19 communications, community responses and what the implications are for how we communicate around climate change.

Recent months have seen the COVID-19 pandemic emerge as a global crisis requiring immediate, wide-spread and evidence-based action.

As countries have taken drastic measures to curb the spread of the virus, comparisons have arisen between the global response to COVID-19 and climate change. Despite their fundamental differences, they are both significant global challenges that require immediate action based upon scientific evidence.

So how and why have our responses differed, and what can we learn from the handling of COVID-19 to apply to our response to climate change?

Join us for this new online event series, COVID-19 and Climate Change, to discuss these questions and more with leading researchers in the area.

An interactive discussion featuring communication experts Dr Will Grant and Dr David Holmes on COVID-19 communications, community responses and what the implications are for how we communicate around climate change.

These events will be recorded. The recording will be made available after the event through the ANU Climate Change Institute YouTube channel.

Speakers

Dr William Grant Senior Lecturer, Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science

Dr Will Grant is Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at ANU.

Awarded for his public policy and outreach work, Will has authored or co-authored dozens of works in various scholarly outlets, and written many commissioned and pitched articles and opinion pieces in high impact public facing outlets. Most of his writing has focused on the interaction of science, politics and technology. He is co-founder of the researcher employment service PostAc. Will's research and writing has focused on the intersection of society, politics and science, looking at how the relationships between these are changing with new technologies. This has included conducting science to society dialogues on climate change futures, and the production of a documentary film on climate change communication.

Dr David Holmes Director, Climate Change Communication Research Hub, Monash University

David is a political analyst, social theorist and media scholar. He's founder and director of the Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub. He was educated at Swinburne University in media studies, and the University of Melbourne in political science and social theory, where he was awarded the Dwight Prize for political science, and a PhD in social theory. He is co-editor of the forthcoming Edward Elgar Handbook in Communicating Climate Change. David also conducts extensive field research into audience views of climate change beliefs, literacy and behaviour response. Having authored the first ever chapter on the sociology of climate change in an Australian sociology textbook (Holmes D, Hughes K and Julian R, (2015) Australian Sociology: A Changing Society, 4th edition), David is committed to inter-disciplinary responses to climate change. In Marrakech 2016 he was co-Head of Monash’s UNFCCC Delegation to COP22 and an accredited journalist reporting on the Paris Climate Summit.

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