Center Names Climate Change Communicators of the Year

Posted: April 23, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: April 22, 2010 at 4:05 pm

By Tara Laskowski

Mason’s Center for Climate Change Communication (4C) has named environmental scientist Jason Samenow and BBC World Service Trust as the 2010 Climate Change Communicators of the Year.

The award honors an individual and an organization that made great strides in helping society understand and respond to climate change. Mason’s center was founded in 2007 to identify ways to effectively engage policy-makers and the public in becoming part of the solution to climate change.

The winner was chosen in December by an open public vote through 4C’s web site.

Samenow is a climate science analyst working in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Change Division in Washington, D.C.

A meteorologist by training, Samenow worked tirelessly in 2009 — and has for almost a decade — to use communications as an effective tool to combat climate change.

At EPA, he has authored, coordinated, contributed to and reviewed many technical and public reports and documents for a wide variety of audiences.

He led the launch and management of the EPA’s Climate Change web site, building a highly popular and reputable site that was rated number one in Google searches for the term “climate change.”

Samenow has also been a leader in the federal Communications Interagency Working Group of the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

The BBC World Service Trust is the BBC’s international development charity. Its mission is to use the media to reduce poverty and promote human rights.

Africa Talks Climate, an initiative supported by the British Council, is a groundbreaking African-led research and communication initiative. More than 1,000 citizens and 200 opinion leaders across 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa took part in what is the most extensive study ever undertaken on the public understanding of climate change.

“We are so pleased to honor Jason Samenow and the BBC World Service Trust for their excellent contributions to climate change communication,” says Ed Maibach, director of Mason’s Center for Climate Change Communication.

“Our nation and nations around the world must make critically important decisions about how to manage the risks associated with climate change. Information about climate risks and potential solutions shared in a clear and engaging manner — as Mr. Samenow and the BBC World Service Trust have been doing — is a great service to the public and policy-makers.”

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