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Bees, Extinction and Ambient Soundscapes: An Exploratory Environmental Communication Workshop

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Department of Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media, University of York, Heslington YO10 5DD, UK
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Department of Music, University of York, Heslington YO10 5DD, UK
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Humanities 2019, 8(3), 153; https://doi.org/10.3390/h8030153
Received: 6 August 2019 / Revised: 13 September 2019 / Accepted: 15 September 2019 / Published: 19 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental Humanities Approaches to Climate Change)
As a response to the challenges that visual communication, popularly used in environmental communications, poses for more embodied engagements with climate change, this article focuses upon the neglected role of sound within environmental and climate communication scholarship. Focusing upon the decline of bees as a meaningful topic for the exploration of climate change, this article draws on research conducted with participants of a soundscape workshop to investigate the potential benefits and limitations of using sound-based activities to communicate about a specific climate change topic. This article demonstrates that modes of communicating climate change that encourage people to participate in imaginative, creative and future-based thinking can provide an effective way to engage audiences with the topic of climate change, thus encouraging greater individual and collective action. View Full-Text
Keywords: soundscapes; bees; creativity; climate change; future soundscapes; bees; creativity; climate change; future
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Portus, R.; McGinn, C. Bees, Extinction and Ambient Soundscapes: An Exploratory Environmental Communication Workshop. Humanities 2019, 8, 153.

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