COVID-19 as a framing device for environmental protest: The ECOSYSTEM HEALTH metaphor

Augé, Anaïs ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9401-4029 (2021) COVID-19 as a framing device for environmental protest: The ECOSYSTEM HEALTH metaphor. Environmental Communication. ISSN 1752-4032

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the ECOSYSTEM HEALTH metaphor which has long prevailed in environmental communication. Following the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we propose a contrastive view on the use of the ECOSYSTEM HEALTH metaphor in environmental discourse: we distinguish the metaphorical expressions used before the pandemic from the ones used during the pandemic. This distinction is aimed at identifying the new arguments promoted by COVID-19 metaphors. The publications released by the international environmental organization Extinction Rebellion are of particular interest. Through a detailed analysis of texts published between January and July 2020, we show that the impact of COVID-19 has modified our understanding of the ECOSYSTEM HEALTH metaphor. While environmentalists used to depict the environment as a SICK BODY prior the pandemic, the occurrences discussed below demonstrate that COVID-19 metaphors highlight the human characteristics associated with the source domain HEALTH.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ecosystem health,metaphor,covid-19,extinction rebellion,climate change,ecosystem health,climate change,arts and humanities(all),environmental science (miscellaneous),management, monitoring, policy and law,sdg 13 - climate action,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2021 01:34
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2022 03:43
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/81457
DOI: 10.1080/17524032.2021.1890174

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