Mulling over the climate debate: Media education on climate change

Jari Lyytimäki

Abstract


Media education is an important tool to increase public understanding about wide ranging and complex issues such as sustainable development or climate change. This article discusses experiences from a small-scale media education project called "Mulling over the climate debate". The project was carried out in Finland as a part of Finnish contribution to EU-wide climate change communication campaign. The main aim of the project was to produce educational material for upper secondary schools. The project developed a framework consisting of ten clusters of questions that encourage the pupil to critically read the climate news and to constructively evaluate the contents of the news. It is concluded that participatory approach is a key success factor of developing and disseminating educational material related to wide-ranging issues such as climate change. On a more general level, media education is highlighted as a key factor to enable efficient responses to current environmental problems.

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Journal of Sustainable Development   ISSN 1913-9063 (Print)   ISSN 1913-9071 (Online)

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