Communicating Climate Change: Perspectives from Working with Federal Agencies


The potential impacts of climate change are serious challenges to the management of public lands. The success of policy and action aimed at addressing these challenges is often linked to support of both internal (within agency) and external (public) audiences. During this seminar, we will discuss the efforts of the National Park Service's Climate Change Response Program to communicate climate change within the agency, and the Climate Change Education Partnership's work on implementing informal climate change education programming in National Parks and Wildlife Refuges. Finally, we will investigate ways to communicate about climate change with different audiences using message frames explored as part of a nationwide survey of visitors to the National Wildlife Refuge System.