Climate change risk communication: a vaccine hesitancy perspective

Paterson, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-4166-8248 and Clarke, Richard ORCID: 0000-0002-1060-3142 (2021) Climate change risk communication: a vaccine hesitancy perspective. Lancet Planetary Health, 5 (4). e179-e180. doi:10.1016/S2542-5196(21)00027-9

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Comment Late last year in 2020, the UK government announced their ten point plan for a green industrial revolution.1 It is excellent to see the government moving towards the UK’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, focusing on sustainable energy, protecting our natural environment, and increasing green public transport, cycling and walking. However, the success of any net-zero carbon emissions strategy is contingent on public cooperation and support. The human complexities around rapid societal change is something the government has become well acquainted with over the past year with the COVID-19 pandemic. If the government want to fulfil the largely technological, green revolution they have planned, they would do well to pay attention and take notes in the coming months as they try to encourage a fatigued and nervous public to take a COVID-19 vaccine. As experts in vaccine hesitancy, we provide three key lessons in risk communication that are needed to successfully maintain public support for policies designed to quickly and substantially cut carbon emissions.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Richard Clarke
Date Deposited: 13 May 2022 10:49
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2023 15:15

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