Communicating Effectively about Climate Change
As his Culminating Experience project, Justin Massey led a systematic literature review on how five main types of climate change frameworks affected audience attitudes, beliefs, or behaviors. Articles included original studies that used one of the five interventions: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) terminology, scientific consensus, health perspective, appeal to emotions, and narratives. We assessed the risk of bias for each individual study and the overall quality and strength of evidence. Eighteen articles were included in the final review. Our conclusions demonstrated that most interventions resulted in evidence for an affect between climate change communication interventions and sought-after outcomes. Results were also stratified based on political orientation, resulting in an observation that some frames are more effective than others for those with strong political affiliations.