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A series of “impulse” texts and interviews submitted by international researchers active in the realm of climate change communication will be published on this platform by December 2020.

Practitioners of climate change communication have always had to contend with a number of pitfalls, as researchers on the subject know only too well. The reasons for this predicament are manifold, and their epistemic and political roots reach deep into the foundations of belief systems and diverse media cultures. Instead of looking for more ready-made climate change communication strategies within a public-relations paradigm, the impulse texts and interviews on this platform call on us to take a step back, to re-examine paradigmatic problems and to give practitioners the meaningful starting points we see as sorely lacking in the field today. By taking this approach, we seek to transcend the boundaries between theory and practice as well as any limitations relating to specific academic disciplines.

Our goal is to re-imagine climate communication by bringing together a wide range of different voices that serve to broaden our overall scope and frame of reference. The interdisciplinary perspectives covered here will include anthropology, the history of science, Earth system science, geography, medicine and philosophy.

Among the impulse authors and interviewees who will be contributing to the platform are the following:

Dr. Cornelia Auer
(Complexity Science Department, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany)

Dr. Rita Brara
(Anthropology, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi)

Univ. Prof. Dr. Dr. Sabine Gabrysch
(Climate Resilience Department, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany)

Prof. Dr. Axel Gelfert
(Philosophy Department, Technical University Berlin)

Maximilian Hepach
(Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, UK)

Carel Mohn
(www.klimafakten.de, Germany)

Prof. Dr. Lynda C. Olman
(English Department, Rhetoric of Science, University of Nevada)

Dr. Inez Ponce de Leon
(Department of Communication, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines)

Prof. Dr. Nicole Seymour
(English Department, California State University)

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