Climate change skeptics teach climate literacy? A critical discourse analysis of children's books

Nicole Colston, Julie Thomas
2019 JCOM: Journal of Science Communication  
This critical discourse analysis examined climate change denial books intended for children and parents as examples of pseudo-educational materials reproduced within the conservative echo chamber in the United States. Guided by previous excavations in climate change denial discourses, we identified different types of skepticism, policy frames, contested scientific knowledge, and uncertainty appeals. Findings identify the ways these children's books introduced a logic of non-problematicity about
more » ... roblematicity about environmental problems bolstered by contradictory forms of climate change skepticism and polarizing social-conflict frames. These results pose pedagogical dilemmas for educators, environmental advocates, and communication experts interested in advancing understanding and action in the face of rapid climate change.
doi:10.22323/2.18040202 fatcat:rwkjq4yyancqleo7em3exy6qge