Mason 4C named ‘Friend of the Planet’ award winner by NCSE

Jun 25, 2024 | News

Two award plaques that say 'Friend of the Planet' and 'Friend of Darwin' both from the National Center for Science Education

We are honored and pleased to announce that the Center for Climate Change Communication is the recipient of the 2024 Friend of the Planet award by the National Center for Science Education (NCSE).

“The Center for Climate Change Communication’s work is deservedly influential, including at NCSE,” said NCSE Executive Director Amanda L. Townley. “The Center’s director, Edward W. Maibach, helpfully simplified climate change for the general public by first articulating the now popular slogan ‘It’s real. It’s us. It’s bad. Experts agree. There’s hope.’”

The Friend of the Planet awards are presented annually to a select few people and organizations whose efforts to support NCSE and advance its goal of defending and supporting the teaching of climate science have been truly outstanding. NCSE is a non-profit that supports and defends the accurate teaching of climate change, evolution, and the nature of science.

“I am immeasurably proud of and grateful to our Mason 4C team for their important work that earned us this award,” said founding director Ed Maibach. “We thank Amanda Townley and the NCSE staff and Board of Directors for this honor, our George Mason University community—including the Department of Communication and College of Humanities and Social Sciences—and our funders for their enduring support of our research and programs.”

Previous recipients of the Friend of the Planet Award include many of our most important partners, including climate communicators John Cook, Katharine Hayhoe, Susan Joy Hassol, and Frank Niepold, Climate Central, and our research partners at the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.

On behalf of the entire Mason 4C team, thank you for your support of our work!


Friend of the Planet Awards at NCSE