Book Launch: Climate Change and the Media

Over the last twenty-five years, the weight of evidence about the causes and consequences of climate change have become compelling, and yet little action has resulted. The problem is political rather than scientific: we know the risks and we know how to address them, but we lack the political will to do so. The media are pivotal in this equation: they have the power to set the public and the political agenda.

How and why has media coverage fallen short in communicating both the science and the politics of climate change? An expert panel discusses at the Sydney launch of Climate Change and the Media, edited by Benedetta Brevini and Justin Lewis.


00:00   Introduction and Welcome to Country – Benedetta Brevini
09:20   Climate Change and the Media – Justin Lewis
16:30   Ignoring Climate Change, Celebrating Coal – Terry Woronov
24:20   Mobilising People through Alternative Media Channels – Alana Mann
32:10   Views from within the News Machine – Peter Hannam
43:15   How to Make Climate Change Newsworthy?
49:10   Alternative Media: Online and Offline Mobilisation and Protest
52:35   Importance of Identity in Selling Propaganda
57:50   Role of Mining Industry Lobby Groups
1:01:05 Activists Reframed into Terrorists
1:08:30 How can Journalists Hold Politicians Accountable?
1:12:10 How can Academics Become Part of the Story?
1:17:30 How to Elevate Environment to Economic Status?
1:25:20 Balanced Reporting
1:28:50 Consolidation of Media Landscape


Peter Hannam, Environment Editor, Sydney Morning Herald
Professor Justin Lewis, Cardiff University
Dr Alana Mann, University of Sydney
Dr Terry Woronov, University of Sydney
Dr Benedetta Brevini (Chair), University of Sydney

A Sydney Environment Institute event hosted in partnership with the Department of Media and Communications, at the University of Sydney on Monday 5 November 2018.

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