Hot Story: How the Media Struggles to Cover Climate Change | 2018 FFS

October 11, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Flaherty Community Room (204 Basile Hall)

Joe Sheller

Joseph Sheller, M.A.
Associate Professor of Communications

The news media have struggled to adequately tell the story of global climate change due to its attempts to be balanced and objective, its use of traditional news criteria, and its inability to tell slow, long-term stories. At the same time, entrenched interests and an alternative right-wing media have actively sought to undermine the story. Why is climate change so difficult to cover? Where is all the hot air on global warming coming from?

This event is a part of the 2018 Fall Faculty Series | Sustainability: Human/Nature & the Future of the Earth

In 1987 the United Nations defined sustainability as "Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Since then, an accelerating global demand for natural resources has exceeded the earth's ability to replenish itself.

Focusing on the Mercy Critical Concern of care for the earth, the 2018 Fall Faculty Series looks at the human relationship with the planet we call home and explores the environmental, economic, social, and spiritual causes and consequences of a growing planetary crisis.


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