The New Media Politics of Environmental Leadership

  • Bruce Tranter
  • Libby LesterEmail author
  • Lyn McGaurr
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Media and Environmental Communication book series (PSMEC)


We draw on our interviews at length in this chapter to consider the changing relationship between media and leadership, focusing on leadership and media careers, and changing media practices. We conclude with our reflections and those of interviewees on the still-emerging relationship between environmental leadership and twenty-first-century media and communications. Most of our interviewees note that the ‘jury is still out’. Of particular interest are the conditions under which environmental leaders must now operate when communicating risk and potential for disaster, and ask how these conditions influence movement leadership. We outline how environmental leaders adjust media practices according to their complex and tenuous relationship with publics and political power, and within the context of the rich history of environmental leadership and campaigning in Australia.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TasmaniaHobartAustralia
  2. 2.University of TasmaniaHobartAustralia
  3. 3.University of TasmaniaHobartAustralia

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