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More than just information: what does the public want to know about climate change?

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Murunga, M and Pecl, GT and Ogier, EM and Leith, P and Macleod, C and Kelly, R and Corney, S and Van Putten, IE and Mossop, D and Cullen-Knox, C and Bettiol, S and Fox-Hughes, P and Sharples, C and Nettlefold, J, More than just information: what does the public want to know about climate change?, Ecology and Society, 27, (2) Article 14. ISSN 1708-3087 (2022) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.5751/ES-13147-270214

Abstract

Public engagement on climate change is a vital concern for both science and society. Despite more people engaging with climate change science today, there remains a high-level contestation in the public sphere regarding scientific credibility and identifying information needs, interests, and concerns of the non-technical public. In this paper, we present our response to these challenges by describing the use of a novel "public-powered" approach to engaging the public through submitting questions of interest about climate change to climate researchers before a planned engagement activity. Employing thematic content analysis on the submitted questions, we describe how those people we engaged with are curious about understanding climate change science, including mitigating related risks and threats by adopting specific actions. We assert that by inviting the public to submit their questions of interest to researchers before an engagement activity, this step can inform why and transform how actors engage in reflexive dialogue.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate change, climate change communication, public engagement, science communication, transdisciplinary research
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Climate change impacts and adaptation
Research Field:Human impacts of climate change and human adaptation
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Social impacts of climate change and variability
UTAS Author:Murunga, M (Mr Michael Murunga)
UTAS Author:Pecl, GT (Professor Gretta Pecl)
UTAS Author:Ogier, EM (Dr Emily Ogier)
UTAS Author:Macleod, C (Mrs Caroline Macleod)
UTAS Author:Kelly, R (Dr Rachel Kelly)
UTAS Author:Corney, S (Dr Stuart Corney)
UTAS Author:Van Putten, IE (Dr Ingrid Van Putten)
UTAS Author:Mossop, D (Mr David Mossop)
UTAS Author:Cullen-Knox, C (Ms Coco Cullen-Knox)
UTAS Author:Bettiol, S (Dr Silvana Bettiol)
UTAS Author:Sharples, C (Dr Chris Sharples)
ID Code:150832
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2022-07-01
Last Modified:2022-07-04
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