9 terms

Environmental Communication

pragmatic communication
refers to the aspects of communication that educate, alert, persuade, and directly help us solve environmental problems; it is purposeful
constitutive communication
refers to the implicit aspects of communication, embedded within the pragmatic role of symbolic action; communication that constructs a particular representation of something, invoking specific values and perspectives
public sphere
the sphere of influence created when different individuals engage each other in communications about subjects of shared concern or that affect a wider community
symbolic action
view of communication as both explicit and implicit (beyond the transmission of information); refers to how communication shapes our awareness and understanding of the world and our place in it
environmental communication
roles of language, art, photography, street protests, and scientific reports as symbolic action
personal sphere
sphere of influence that stays with individuals and is not publicized
technical sphere
sphere of influence that involves items that stay in scientific journals/law offices/government drawers
limits of widely shared viewpoints or ideologies; these limits are recognized when questioning or criticisms reveal a prevailing view to be inadequate or unresponsive to new demands; 4 major ones are preservation or conservation of nature vs. human exploitation of nature, human health vs. unregulated business and pollution of the commons, environmental justice vs. view of nature as a place apart from where people live, play, work, sustainability or climate justice vs. unsustainable social or economic systems
environmental justice
safety and quality of environments where people lived and worked with concerns for social and economic justice; strives to protect "fundamental right to political, economic, cultural, and environmental self-determination of all peoples."