3983 Environmental Communication: Messaging Around Climate Change Issues with Diverse Audiences

Thursday 2:00pm REC Center Large Ice Overlook Room
Oral Presentation Part of Teaching Controversial Topics


Carrie Nelms, University of Arkansas Main Campus
Land-Locked Community Impacted By Sea-Level Rise 6200 Miles Away

Due to sea-level rising from climate change issues, the inhabitants of the Marshal Islands have been moving 6,200 miles away to Northwest Arkansas. Springdale, Arkansas has the largest population of Marshallese within the United States and the second largest population in the world (Davis, 2013). Organizations working toward adaptation and resiliency methods in human displacement can reduce conflict between host communities and the displaced if organizations have effective transformational dialogue by incorporating Elaborate Likelihood Model (ELM) for audience-centered discourse. This requires an understanding of social-behavioral needs and interests of the intended audience for effective communication.

This Environmental Communication course focuses on the Marshallese sea-level rise displacement case study to engage diverse audiences on the economic and social impact of sea-level rise caused from climate change on an inland community, Springdale, Arkansas. This class will develop a better understanding of the impacts of sea-level rise from climate change thru earth science lectures supported by case studies and practice effective climate change transformational dialogue to multiple diverse audiences utilizing the ELM. Students will develop an adaptation plan with social and economic adjustments for host and environmentally displaced population; furthermore, they will have a better understanding of the importance of having both cognitive and non-cognitive messaging in their overall presentations for effective communication by incorporating ELM into their discourse.

Presentation Media

Environmental Communication (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 201kB Jul16 15)