Ocean Science And Vulnerability in the News: A Case Study of Reporting on Pacific Islands and Climate Change
As we strive for ocean sustainability, it is crucial to understand how the media, prominent vectors for public engagement, depict climate change impacts and why these representations matter. An overemphasis on vulnerability potentially downplays the importance of the resiliency and action of Pacific Island communities and positions the Pacific as a site for climate catastrophe, rather than climate justice. However, recent reporting may be moving away from overarching narratives of vulnerability, motivating continued research into these depictions and how they promote or discourage climate action. This case study of Pacific Islands and climate change in the news can inform future research into the role of media communication in achieving ocean sustainability.