EDUCATION SEMINAR and BOOK LAUNCH
Green Foundation Ireland is pleased to invite you to an evening Education Seminar and Book Launch
“Environmental Literacy and New Digital Audiences”
by PAT BRERETON, Professor at the School of Communications in Dublin City University
MONDAY 2 DECEMBER 2019
18:00 to 20:30 (registration starts at 17:45)
Venue: Oak Room, Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2.
While admission is FREE to this event, registration is REQUIRED.
Please secure your place by booking here.
Our Guest Speakers
Professor PAT BRERETON
School of Communications, Dublin City University
Dr JOHN SHARRY
Solution Focused Psychotherapist and Irish Times Climate
National Director of ECO-UNESCO
RTÉ’s Eco Eye and Director of Green Foundation Ireland
As always at our events, an important part will be the Q&A session which will allow full participation by those attending.
The Mansion House is situated in Dawson Street, Dublin 2 – here is a map to help you located it. Access to the Oak Room (where our event is being held) is via the entrance to the left of the building. This is a shared entrance with the Round Room. For those with a disability, access is via a platform lift which can be found to the left of the building. Please let us know in advance if you require assistance, so a member of the Mansion House staff can be assigned to help you on the day.
Public transport is probably the best option as car parking in front of the Mansion House is strictly forbidden. The location is close to the LUAS at the Dawson stop and to bus routes that travel along Dawson Street.
The nearest car parking is either at School House Lane, which is immediately behind the Mansion House, or at the Setanta Centre.
There is widespread public awareness of and concern about environmental issues at this time and this book launch will bring together two topical issues one relating to Environmental Literacy and the other to Eco Anxiety. While Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) continues to be a topic of debate in Ireland especially its inclusion in education curricula there is no doubt that Environmental Literacy plays a huge role in ESD. Environmental awareness in turn has the capacity to lead to Eco Grief or Eco Anxiety for some who may find our current situation difficult to deal with.
This seminar and book launch will try to address both of these issues in a solution focused way so that we are equipped with a more hopeful way of dealing with environmental issues.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Environmental literacy and education is not simply a top-down process of disseminating correct attitudes, values and beliefs. Rather, it is one that incorporates and facilitates a dialogue with audiences of different persuasions and at all levels of engagement, to help highlight and co-produce consensual solutions to the major eco-challenges of our time.
Exploring the growing power and influence of media formats and outlets like YouTube and gaming, alongside fictional and documentary film, this book considers new modes of environmental literacy to ascertain the effectiveness of digital and filmic stimuli on an audience’s perception of environmental issues, and its specific impact on environmental action. Drawing on extensive research across a broad range of media formats, Pat Brereton establishes how environmental narratives and meanings are created and being received by contemporary audiences.
This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of environmental communication and media, eco-criticism and environmental humanities more broadly.