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As we have seen with the COVID-19 pandemic, repeated COVID-19-related media consumption may lead to anxiety, uncertainty, and distress. How, and among whom, does media reporting on climate change generate significant distress and/or motivation to engage in climate action? How can we strike a balance between increased awareness and concern, motivation to take action, and distressing emotional responses?

Although climate change is a global issue affecting people and structures across borders and societies (with certain populations disproportionately experiencing its adverse effects), media coverage of climate change varies across countries and territories. In analyzing international variations in the framing of climate change by news media, Vu, Liu, and Tran (2019) found that the ways in which countries' news media portray climate change depend on countries' economic development, governance, press freedom, and climate severity. What local and global roles in climate change communication do health professionals play alongside governments, news media, and NGOs/other organizations?

Vu, H. T., Liu, Y., & Tran, D. V. (2019). Nationalizing a global phenomenon: A study of how the press in 45 countries and territories portrays climate change. Global Environmental Change, 58, 101942.