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Dr. Nouraini has written a textbook for the times. This is a step-by-step book that comes at a critical moment when the “bread and circuses” of our political reality is careering from one crisis to the next. Infotainment is creating confusion and “fake news”, while individuals seeking real information feel like they’re trapped in an online oubliette. This book bring together to clarity and forward movement so that those looking for a way to influence policy on Climate Change can work toward solutions.
Within each section is a scenario that gives the students a problem to identify, and mechanisms for solving issues that will, invariably come up in the blogging experience.
As someone who leverages social media for science communication, this book is an informative collection of analytical approaches outlined to assist in effectively connecting and engaging with others online. Each section shares insights on how to use readily accessible tools associated with various avenues of internet-based outreach such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc. The author also mindfully notes how to thoughtfully connect with a target audience which I also appreciated as an important call out.
I teach both sustainability and environmental science at the college level. One thing that I continually struggle with when educating students in these particular courses is how to convey the information while helping students understand that their individual efforts CAN make a difference. In other words, I don't want them to have lost hope by the end of the course. The strategies outlined in this text can be particularly useful for students (or anyone) who spends time on social media engaging in environmental dialogue, as well as those who struggle with trying to educate (but not argue with) friends and family who may not understand or accept the facts associated with Climate Change and other environmental issues.
I follow topics related to climate change and I am a true believer that it is happening and that it is man made. But, one question that has been hunting me for a long time is why some people still deny climate change and our role in creating it. I found the answer to my question in the pages of this book. I also learned strategies to approach people and explain to them about climate change, especially through social media.
This book is encouraging all classes of people , specially those who may think how to play their part to secure safer future life for their children and grand children. These days we hear a lot about Climate Change and Global Warming and how to mitigate it. Thanks to AL Gore's initiation.
This book is well researched and thoughtfully put together. The author introduces the reader to a examples at the beginning of the book and takes those examples all the way through her book, which enables the reader to have a better understanding of each topic. This book is easy to understand, the design is great, the content is innovative; absolutely appropriate to use in subject-related lectures.
Today, a particularly wide reaching mode of communication is available to the science community. Not only is it wide reaching, but it offers tested and easily applied means of evaluating the effectiveness of communication attempts. The use of social media to communicate science to the general public offers a new means to avoid the serious societal, public health and environmental consequences that result from failure.
"Social Solutions for Climate Change" presents the potential of this communication mode for those inexperienced with social media and affirms its potential for those experienced. The two most important aspects presented are the potential audience size and the data available to determine the effectiveness of communication. As a long time science educator teaching a course entitled “Issues in Environmental Biology,” I have been stuck in the classroom mode of communicating, seldom considering other options. This publication exposed that flaw. It also made me realize that the tools I use to evaluate the effectiveness of my communication within the classroom are superficial at best in evaluating the impact on student personal and group behavior.