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Cape Cod National Seashore to Host - Untangling the Art and Science of Communicating Global Warming

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Date: June 23, 2014
Contact: Sue Haley, 508-255-3421

Global warming is one of this century’s major threats. Yet emotion, politics, apathy, and misunderstanding all pose challenges to addressing it. Recent research has begun to shed light on the psychology of global warming and the best means to communicate the complex science and the importance of action. Learn about the latest directions in global warming engagement and the communication tools you can employ in your own life during this free, one-hour program at Salt Pond Visitor Center on Sunday, June 29, at 7 PM. The session will be presented by Justin Rolfe-Redding, a doctoral candidate at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University.

Rolfe-Redding’s research interests include persuasion, behavior change, statistical methods, and message design. His doctoral work investigates the role of hope in encouraging engagement with global warming. His research has also examined the influence of political identity and values in global warming beliefs, and the effects of news coverage, social identity framing, and past behavior on attitudes and further behavior. Rolfe-Redding received a master’s degree in Communication from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago.

IF YOU GO: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at the intersection of Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham, and can be contacted by calling 508-255-3421. The center is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM and staff is available to assist with activity planning. Stop by and visit the museum, view a park film, enjoy panoramic views of Salt Pond and Nauset Marsh, and shop in the gift and bookstore featuring national seashore-related items. For more information about the seashore’s programs, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/caco.


Did You Know?

The Province Lands, Provincetown, MA

The Province Lands area of the Cape Cod National Seashore in Provincetown is also known as the second-oldest “common lands” in the nation, second only to Boston Common. It was put aside in the 1600s by Plymouth Colony as a fisheries reserve.