How to do biodiversity-related science communication

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Authors

Jonas Geschke, Matthias C. Rillig, Katrin Böhning-Gaese, Thomas Potthast, Adina Arth, Lynn V. Dicks, Fritz Habekuss, Daniela Kleinschmit, Harald Lesch, Eva M. Spehn, Silvio Wenzel, Markus Fischer, Alexandra-Maria Klein

Abstract

Biodiversity is the foundation of our lives. Yet we destroy ecosystems and drive species to extinction. Human-induced biodiversity loss does not yet receive sufficient public attention, although biodiversity is fundamental for dealing with global environmental crises. Effective communication of biodiversity-related knowledge is challenging but crucial and should contribute to evidence-based decision-making transparent to the public. It is essential to promote science communication on biodiversity, and to stimulate dialogue between science, policy, and society. We emphasize the role of science journalism in critically mediating the complexity of scientific knowledge and suggest Dos and Don'ts for scientists to guide biodiversity-related science communication.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.32942/X2HG6C

Subjects

Biodiversity, Communication, International and Intercultural Communication

Keywords

Communication, Journalism, Media, Dialogue, Science-policy-society, Public awareness, Mainstreaming

Dates

Published: 2023-02-20 15:55

Last Updated: 2023-10-26 09:00

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CC BY Attribution 4.0 International