Climate change: often, just hearing those words makes you want to curl up in a ball and hope it goes away. Corbett empathetically unpacks the sources of our fear and anxiety that drive denial and dissociation. In doing so, she drags some of our most feared monsters out from under the bed into the light; and she doesn’t stop there. This book also offers tangible suggestions on how to tackle our monsters, overcome our fears, and connect with each other in meaningful ways that we all crave. Positive and empowering, Corbett shows how envisioning a better future together is the first step to making it a reality.
– Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist and Endowed Professor of Political Science, Texas Tech University
In this comprehensive and engagingly written book, Julia Corbett lays out not only the scientific, philosophical, and emotional dimensions of global climate change, but a compelling primer for more effective communication about the most pressing environmental crisis of our time. This is a book for teachers and students, activists and politicians, scientists and artists—for anyone hoping to do a better job of communicating climate change or to understand how effective communication can enable all of us to face our changing planet.
–-Scott Slovic, University Distinguished Professor of Environmental Humanities, University of Idaho
In her book Communicating the Climate Crisis, Julia Corbett stands unblinking in front of humanity’s fiercest enemy—like David stood before Goliath. In a calming voice, she patiently explains to her readers how we made this foe, and how with the strategic use of communication we can unmake it—and thereby create a better and more sustainable world.
– Ed Maibach, Distinguished University Professor and Director of George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication
Showing how fossil fuels are deeply embedded in our life practices and beliefs, Corbett argues with simplicity and clarity that a deep cultural and communicative shift can lead to a lasting solution to climate change. Embracing a paradigmatic reposition from an individual to a social focus, she opens up new intellectual and practical perspectives for climate communication. This accessible and elegant book can move climate communication out of its stasis and toward a more efficacious discipline. The field of climate communication needs to take note.
– Robert J. Brulle, Visiting Professor at the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society
In Communicating the Climate Crisis, Julia Corbett brings together scientific research and numerous reflexive accounts of observations of human relations with the natural world. The book offers a fascinating narrative on the web of meanings and materialities involved in climate change, and Corbett’s writing style is both catchy and eloquent in bridging scholarship and lived experience. Going beyond academic analysis of climate change communication, she conducts an empowering dialogue with the reader that includes a wealth of practical suggestions for climate-focused social interaction.
– Anabela Carvalho, Associate Professor, Communication, University of Minho, Portugal
Julia Corbett clearly recognizes that climate communication has long ceased to be about “imparting” the science; if common ground is to be found, it must account for our emotions, values, and moral convictions. This book makes climate communication a central vehicle for rethinking and redefining our relationship to this planet, for finding communion at last with our beautiful and endangered “Eairth.”
– Susanne Moser, Research Faculty, Environmental Studies Department, Antioch University New England
Too many prescriptions for communicating climate change start with flawed us-versus-them, problem-solution delineations of the challenge and thus end with simplistic message menus that are bound to fail. In refreshing contrast, Julia Corbett embraces the super-wicked complexity of this, the ultimate clash between human aspirations and planetary limits. She wisely calls as much for deep listening as engaging narrative and offers a solid map toward impact.
—Andrew Revkin, climate journalist since 1985 and founding director, Initiative on Communication and Sustainability at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.