Training: We train undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and working professionals in climate change communication research and public engagement methods. Examples include:
We have trained well over 100 undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows to conduct research and enhance climate change communication public engagement programs. Many of these former students are now playing important roles in public engagement efforts around the nation, including teaching at leading universities.
At Mason, students can get masters and doctoral degrees in a wide range of disciplines – including science communication, public health, environmental science & policy, public policy, and conflict analysis and resolution– while focusing their studies on issues related to climate change communication.
In partnership with the National Park Service and the Urban Ecology Research Learning Alliance, every summer since 2012 we have operated a climate change communication internship program. Over two dozen undergraduate and graduate students have been placed in national parks in the National Capital Region to collaborate with park staff in developing education programs that illustrate the impacts and risks faced by the parks as a result of climate change.
Program on Climate and Health has collaborated with others to train several hundred physicians, nurses and other clinical professionals in how to successfully communicate the health relevance of climate change – including its current health impacts, and the many immediate health benefits of transitioning to clean energy.