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The coronavirus crisis as tipping point: communicating the environment in a time of pandemic

Mocatta, G ORCID: 0000-0001-6093-8330 and Hawley, E 2020 , 'The coronavirus crisis as tipping point: communicating the environment in a time of pandemic' , Media International Australia, vol. 177, no. 1 , pp. 119-124 , doi: 10.1177/1329878X20950030.

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This essay examines media and environment during the pandemic through the conceptual lens of environmental communication. We take the pulse of environmental communication under COVID-19, noting that while the quantity of media coverage on key environmental issues has fallen during the blanket coverage of the pandemic, COVID-19 has acted on multiple levels as a moment of discursive change in environmental communication. We contend that mediatised discourse on the environment during the pandemic has offered new insights, and an opportunity for a reset in environmental understandings, including a new consciousness of global connectedness in environmental responsibility, and an opportunity to improve publics’ environmental literacy. *** This essay is intended for the extraordinary issue, on Coronavirus, Crisis and Communication ***

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Mocatta, G and Hawley, E
Keywords: climate change, COVID-19, environmental communication, media discourse, tipping point
Journal or Publication Title: Media International Australia
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc
ISSN: 1329-878X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1177/1329878X20950030
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