Miami is highly exposed to fast-rising seas, more intense hurricanes, and extreme heat. Its image as the Magic City belies its status as is one of the most segregated and unequal places in the United States. This seminar explores how growth and glamor, inequity and segregation have together shaped Miami’s climate debate. While acceptance of climate change is high, different groups’ understandings of the problem and what to do about it can diverge in important ways. Based on in-depth interviews, archival research and policy document analysis, I will explore how Miami’s histories of racial segregation and growth-dominated politics influence how different groups understand climate change and discuss how attention to these meanings creates new opportunities for more equitable climate communication.
About the Speaker
Dr. Rosalind Donald uses an environmental justice lens to examine how climate change and responses to it become part of everyday life for different communities. She is a Postdoctoral Associate in Environmental Justice and Communication at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and holds a PhD in Communications from Columbia University. Before she began her PhD, she was Deputy Editor of Carbon Brief, a climate science and policy website, where she specialized in climate communication and disinformation.