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More than just information: what does the public want to know about climate change?

Murunga, M, Pecl, GT ORCID: 0000-0003-0192-4339, Ogier, EM ORCID: 0000-0001-6157-5279, Leith, P, Macleod, C, Kelly, R ORCID: 0000-0002-8364-1836, Corney, S ORCID: 0000-0002-8293-0863, Van Putten, IE, Mossop, D, Cullen-Knox, C, Bettiol, S ORCID: 0000-0002-4355-4498, Fox-Hughes, P, Sharples, C and Nettlefold, J 2022 , 'More than just information: what does the public want to know about climate change?' , Ecology and Society, vol. 27, no. 2 , pp. 1-27 , doi:

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Public engagement on climate change is a vital concern for both science and society. Despite more people engaging withclimate change science today, there remains a high-level contestation in the public sphere regarding scientific credibility and identifyinginformation needs, interests, and concerns of the non-technical public. In this paper, we present our response to these challenges bydescribing the use of a novel public-powered approach to engaging the public through submitting questions of interest about climatechange 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 relatedrisks and threats by adopting specific actions. We assert that by inviting the public to submit their questions of interest to researchersbefore an engagement activity, this step can inform why and transform how actors engage in reflexive dialogue.

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Authors/Creators:Murunga, M and Pecl, GT and Ogier, EM and Leith, P and Macleod, C and Kelly, R and Corney, S and Van Putten, IE and Mossop, D and Cullen-Knox, C and Bettiol, S and Fox-Hughes, P and Sharples, C and Nettlefold, J
Keywords: climate change, climate change communication, public engagement, science communication, transdisciplinary research
Journal or Publication Title: Ecology and Society
Publisher: Resilience Alliance Publications
ISSN: 1708-3087
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