2011 Climate Change Communicators of the Year Named

Posted: May 11, 2011 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: May 10, 2011 at 8:18 pm

By Tara Laskowski

Mason’s Center for Climate Change Communication (4C) has named science historian and author Naomi Oreskes and the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) as the 2011 Climate Change Communicators of the Year.

The awards will be presented on June 8 as part of a session in the Managing the Planet Series jointly hosted by Mason and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program in Washington, D.C.

The award, which was first given in 2009, honors an individual and an organization that made great strides in helping society understand and respond to climate change. The winners were chosen in April by an open public vote through Mason’s 4C website.

Oreskes is an author and a professor of history and science studies at the University of California, San Diego.

In 2004, she began to investigate the question of what scientists had to say about global warming and quickly realized that scientific experts had a consensus on the reality of global warming and its human causes.

Her essay “The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change” (Science 306: 1686) has been widely cited in the mass media in the United States and Europe, including in the Royal Society’s publication, “A Guide to Facts and Fictions About Climate Change,” in the Academy award-winning film, “An Inconvenient Truth,” and in Ian McEwan’s novel, “Solar.”

Her latest work, “Merchants of Doubt, How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco to Global Warming,” published in 2010 by Bloomsbury Press, is a finalist for the 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

The Alliance for Climate Education is a national leader in high school climate science education. It is a nonprofit dedicated to educating America’s high school students about the science behind climate change and inspiring them to take action to curb the causes of global warming. ACE educators present climate science that sticks with students via an award-winning in-school assembly that blends storytelling, cutting-edge animation, music and video.

Other finalists for the award can be found on the 4C website.

“We were so pleased that eight truly extraordinary individuals and six truly extraordinary organizations were nominated for the award this year,” says 4C director Ed Maibach, “and that thousands of concerned citizens cared enough to cast a vote. The nominees are all are doing vitally important work, and it’s a great honor for us to be able to acknowledge their contributions.”

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