Local action research on the oil spill by Chapman students
Students in my "Environmental Advocacy Through Story" class had the chance to apply their new knowledge about framing theory and advocacy-based communication to a local environmental event in the Fall 2021 semester. They produced an 86 page white paper, complete with evidence-based recommendations and outward facing press documents for seven local audiences affected by the Orange County Oil Spill. They also had the chance to present these resources to multiple local agencies, non-profits, and news outlets. Our goal is to align local groups around a unified communication framework centered on environmental literacy and community self-advocacy.
You can read more about their work here: https://www.seacrlab.com/outreach-training
You can read more about the fundamentals of the course here: https://news.chapman.edu/2021/11/12/5-tips-to-help-science-teachers-and-researchers-move-the-needle-as-climate-communicators/