The Role of Communication in Transitioning to a Culture that Supports Sustainability

Dr. Meisner will explore how we can transition to a culture of sustainability through our communication, beliefs, values and more.

Date & Time:

Thursday, April 25, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM


3M Auditorium, Owens Science Hall

Event poster for Dr. Mark Meisner lecture about communications and sustainability

Achieving sustainability will require more than just clean energy sources, protecting the oceans, eliminating poverty and the rest of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. To support all of these, we need a transition to a culture of sustainability. That means our beliefs, values, aesthetics, worldviews, and institutions - in sum, our culture, must change. For that to happen, communication about ourselves and our place in the world must necessarily evolve. We need a new story about who we are as a species. 


Dr. Mark Meisner is the Executive Director of the International Environmental Communication Association. His areas of expertise include environmental communication, information technology, media, climate change / global warming, sustainability, environmental ethics, and environmental affairs generally. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours from Queen's University at Kingston, as well as Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Studies from York University in Toronto.


Co-Sponsors:  Department of Communication and Journalism, Office of Sustainability Initiatives, Environmental Studies and Sustainability minor

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