The event, which begins at noon in the University Center's Corwin Pavilion, is free and the public is invited to attend.
Co-sponsored by the Arthur N. Rupe Chair in the Social Effects of Mass Communication and the Environmental Media Initiative of the Carsey-Wolf Center for Film, Television, and New Media, the conference will showcase examples of environmental media programming created for traditional and new media formats. These include Web video, documentary films, newspapers, digital news sites, and commercial advertisements.
Among the speakers are environmental journalists, filmmakers, scientists, scholars, media analysts, and international agency coordinators.
"The earth's climate is undergoing dramatic changes," said Ronald E. Rice, the Arthur N. Rupe professor of Mass Communication at UCSB. "As a society we need to understand and respond appropriately if we are to avoid serious negative consequences for humans, animals, and other biological life forms on this planet. Media coverage influences public perceptions, understandings, and actions."
The conference is part of the Global Warming Science & Society Event Series presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures; the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management; the UCSB Departments of Earth Science, Geography, and Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology; the Environmental Studies Program; and the Marine Sciences Institute.
For more information, including a complete schedule of conference speakers, visit http://www.cftnm.ucsb.edu