This paper argues the importance of communicating messages to a general public about the important issues of the environmental state of the Earth, and it proposes that solutions need to be offered to help each individual act ecologically responsibly when using Earth’s natural resources. Further, this paper suggests that choosing an effective medium to engage in communication with a general public is crucial.
To this end, I asked two questions that formed the basis of my research: 1. What research or personal experiences suggest that there is an urgent need to communicate messages to a general public about the environmental state of the Earth? 2. Assuming the Earth is in a dire state and its environmental well-being is in jeopardy, through which medium of communication might one achieve the most widespread and significant impact in an effort to spread environmental messages?
I realized that the best way for the general public to become informed and guided is via short, dramatized films that take one environmental subject at a time, bring attention to an issue, and suggest a solution that each individual can exercise. A short film on fossil fuel use, specifically electricity, serves as the data section of my thesis, and I reflect on the making of that film in my conclusion.
|Commitee:||Aldern, Jared, Volk, Craig|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||MAI 55/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Environmental education, Communication, Environmental Studies|
|Keywords:||Change of consciousness, Civic responsibility, Communicate messages, Ecological responsibility, Environmental films, Environmental messages|
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