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In Pursuit of a Biophilic Dialect: The case of mucilage in the Marmara Sea

Format: Papers, RSD12, Topic: Culture & Society, Topic: Policy & Governance

Miray Boğa

This paper presents the findings of a preliminary study of a research project that aims to identify the essentials of a biophilic way of communication within the frame of environmental conflicts. While biophilia is a life-affirmative concept, it will be an inspiring frame to create a dialect and communication form to approach environmental issues. In this study, the environmental conflict case is the marine mucilage that invaded the Marmara Sea (Turkiye) and became a hot topic during the summer of 2021. The study aims to shed insight into the statements and reactions of the actors, responders, and dependents, in other words, stakeholders of the case, through a design thinking process. This study is the first step to address the indicators through nature-centric and pro-environmental communication that leads toward efficacious policies and behaviours. Within this study’s framework, communication is considered the mediator between the organs of a system, and discourse analysis is employed to understand the root problems of environmental communication as a creative connection in an environmental conflict. In the limits of this study, the mucilage-related entries on Twitter are inspected at regular time intervals. The approach and tone of the tweets yield eight categories of communication forms. Besides, the importance of metaphors for efficient communication manifested itself once again. Communication is the key to any justice conflict, as in human-nature conflicts.

KEYWORDS: biophilia, biophilic dialect, environmental communication, governance, policymaking, system design thinking 

RSD TOPICS: Policy & Governance, Society & Culture

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Author(s): Miray Boğa
Year: 2023
Title: In Pursuit of a Biophilic Dialect: The case of mucilage in the Marmara Sea
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD12
Article No.: pre-release
URL: https://rsdsymposium.org/biophilic-dialect-marmara-sea
Host: Georgetown University
Location: Washington DC, USA
Symposium Dates: October 6–20, 2023
First published: 30 September 2023
Last update: no update
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404
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