Bergan-Roller, Heather E.
B.S. (Bachelor of Science)
Department of Biological Sciences
Climate change is an increasingly prevalent phenomenon in recent years as it affects every corner of the world. However, there is a gap of understanding between scientists and non-experts. Some non-experts are unsure if climate change affects local areas, and whether they can do anything to help mitigate it. Of course, climate change indeed affects every environment, even urban areas, and small actions are helpful in the overall mitigation of climate change. Therefore, this project was created in order to teach this information to non-experts. In order to do so, a target demographic was chosen, and an initial survey was distributed via social media. A script based on the survey results was then created and a comic was written. Lastly, the comic was distributed on social media along with a survey asking for feedback. Results indicated that many non-experts in the initial survey were unsure if climate change affected local areas and if or how they could successfully mitigate it, while the final survey showed that more non-experts believed that climate change affects local areas and that they were able to act in small ways to mitigate it. While non-experts had mixed feelings regarding whether they learned something new, they all believed that the comic was helpful in educating non-experts about climate change.
Plagwitz, Michaela K., "Understanding Climate Change: Communicating Topics on Climate Change to Non-experts" (2021). Honors Capstones. 1350.
Northern Illinois University
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