150832 - More than just information - what does the public want to know about climate change.pdf (1.03 MB)
More than just information: what does the public want to know about climate change?
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-21, 09:08 authored by Michael MurungaMichael Murunga, Gretta PeclGretta Pecl, Emily OgierEmily Ogier, Leith, P, Macleod, C, Rachel KellyRachel Kelly, Stuart CorneyStuart Corney, Elizabeth Van PuttenElizabeth Van Putten, Mossop, D, Coco Cullen-KnoxCoco Cullen-Knox, Silvana BettiolSilvana Bettiol, Fox-Hughes, P, Christopher SharplesChristopher Sharples, Nettlefold, J
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.
Publication titleEcology and Society
Department/SchoolInstitute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
PublisherResilience Alliance Publications
Place of publicationCanada
Rights statementCopyright © 2022 by the author(s). Published here under license by The Resilience Alliance. This article is under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License. (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)