Let’s Change The Way We Talk About Climate Change | Jes Thompson | TEDxNMU

Jessica Thompson is an associate professor in the Communication and Performance Studies department at NMU. She teaches courses in public relations, new media and environmental communication. Her research is focused on collaboration, climate change and public lands. Over the past decade she has participated in dozens of projects across the Western US, Mexico, India, Singapore and Mongolia. The impacts of a rapidly changing climate are everywhere, yet we haven’t figured out how to talk about climate change with our friends and neighbors. Since the 1980s public conversations about climate change have been dominated by the language of science and politics. Our own fears of scientific inaccuracy and uncertainty – or political disagreement – have censored us from talking about how to live on a changing planet. This talk presents a new frame for conversations about climate change – place – places that matter. We can change the conversation about climate change by connecting the issues to the places and people we love.
Jessica Thompson is an associate professor in the Communication and Performance Studies department at NMU. She teaches courses in public relations, new media and environmental communication. Her research is focused on collaboration, climate change and public lands. Over the past decade she has participated in dozens of projects across the Western US, Mexico, India, Singapore and Mongolia. She has published more than 40 manuscripts and is currently finishing her second book, “America’s Largest Classroom: What We Learn From Our National Parks.” She earned her PhD in Environmental Communication at the University of Utah (2007) and she is a graduate of NMU (2001). This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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