Issue: Environment

Environmental issues are an important area of focus for many funders and media producers, from conservation, to regional public health, to cleaning up the world’s oceans and beyond. As both the planet and the debate over climate change have heated up, foundations have increasingly been investing not only in content production, but in research to understand how and why members of the public make decisions on environmental policy and activism. This Issue section provides a single point of entry to explore all of the content related to the environment and climate shifts on our site — from events to analysis, media examples to posts. Explore the big picture or select a tab for specific types of content.

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Can Hollywood movies about climate change make a difference?


Searching for news: The Flint water crisis


Can Bill Nye—or any other science show—really save the world?


Messaging, misinformation and movements: Impact takeaways from the Frank conference

Last month, we headed down to Gainesville, Fla., for the annual Frank gathering of people who use communications to drive social change. This year, the conference felt more necessary than ever. Many of us in the social-change sector are looking for answers to how we continue our work in a culture that not only rejects facts and science, but one that also—thanks to sophisticated social media algorithms that tailor content specifically to our interests and the echo chambers that result—seemingly cannot distinguish between real information, unintentional misinformation and intentional disinformation.

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COMPASS: The Message Box Workbook


Communicating climate change: Focus on the framing, not just the facts


Does engagement in advocacy hurt the credibility of scientists? Results from a randomized national survey experiment


2017 Sundance Film Festival turns its lens on climate change, environment

Last week, as Donald J. Trump was being inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States in Washington, D.C., festival-goers in Park City, Utah, were preparing for premieres, parties and protests at the Sundance Film Festival. The MIF staff, its board of directors and various colleagues were focusing on how to move forward with effective, engaging storytelling, especially as it pertains to the health of our planet.

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