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The coronavirus crisis as tipping point: communicating the environment in a time of pandemic


Mocatta, G and Hawley, E, The coronavirus crisis as tipping point: communicating the environment in a time of pandemic, Media International Australia, 177, (1) pp. 119-124. ISSN 1329-878X (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1329878X20950030


This essay examines media and environment during the pandemic through the conceptual lens of environmental communication. We take the pulse of environmental communication under COVID-19, noting that while the quantity of media coverage on key environmental issues has fallen during the blanket coverage of the pandemic, COVID-19 has acted on multiple levels as a moment of discursive change in environmental communication. We contend that mediatised discourse on the environment during the pandemic has offered new insights, and an opportunity for a reset in environmental understandings, including a new consciousness of global connectedness in environmental responsibility, and an opportunity to improve publics’ environmental literacy.

*** This essay is intended for the extraordinary issue, on Coronavirus, Crisis and Communication ***

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate change, COVID-19, environmental communication, media discourse, tipping point
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and media studies
Research Field:Communication studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:The media
UTAS Author:Mocatta, G (Dr Gabi Mocatta)
ID Code:141314
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2020-10-14
Last Modified:2020-11-17

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