Less than One Percent is not Enough: How Leading Literacy Organizations Engaged with Climate Change from 2008 to 2019

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Publication Date

Spring 2021


climate change, climate justice, environmental justice, literature review, literacy


This paper considers a twelve-year period (2008-2019) and examines to what extent conference presentations and journal publications from three leading literacy and language professional organizations addressed the topic of climate change. Despite it being perhaps the most significant “mega-problem” of the 21st century (Martin, 2007), findings from this study demonstrate that climate change was largely invisible across the thousands of presentations and publications in this data set. It is time literacy and language educators and corresponding professional associations reckon with this troubling reality.

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Journal of Language and Literacy Education, v. 17, issue 1, p. 1-21