September 25, 2021 • 1–2:30 p.m.
Conversations about climate change at the science-policy interface, and in our lives, have been stuck. During this CU on the Weekend lecture, Professor Max Boykoff will highlight dimensions of his book Creative (Climate) Communications that integrate lessons from the social sciences and humanities to more effectively make connections through issues, people, and things that everyday citizens care about. His approach works to enhance our understanding that there is no ‘silver bullet’ to communications about climate change. It argues that a ‘silver buckshot’ approach is needed instead, where strategies effectively reach different audiences in different contexts leading to more meaningful, substantive, and sustained responses to contemporary climate challenges. Professor Boykoff will also argue that a “silver buckshot” approach can help to effectively re-capture a common ground about climate change in the public arena, increasing our engagements to more effectively meet the scale of present and future climate-related challenges.
About the presenter
Max Boykoff is a Professor and the Director of the Environmental Studies program at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is also a Fellow in the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. Boykoff leads the Media and Climate Change Observatory (MeCCO) and the AAAS Colorado Local Science Engagement Network, and is co-Director of Inside the Greenhouse - all ongoing and collaborative projects based at the University of Colorado Boulder. He earned a PhD in Environmental Studies from the University of California-Santa Cruz and a BS in Psychology from The Ohio State University. Boykoff has experience working around the world and is a co-author and editor of seven books and edited volumes, along with over seventy articles and book chapters. For more information, visit Boykoff’s website.