#Sandy: Climate Disasters in the Age of Social Media
Live Webinar December 10, 1pm EST/10 am PST
While Superstorm Sandy wreaked unprecedented havoc on some of the densest population centers in the United States, a parallel storm of social media activity was taking place online. Millions tweeted, instagrammed and posted their thoughts, concerns and pictures to Facebook. Topsy estimated that over three and a half million tweets were sent in the 24 hours during and after the storm. Social networks became lifelines for people in need of help or information, and outlets for those eager to share their dramatic stories. Among many other things, Sandy represents the latest demonstration of social media's crucial role in distributing real-time information during major news stories
Sandy's other important media impact was to bring climate change back to the forefront of public discussion. While climate received scant attention in the political campaigns of this year, it was almost immediately after the storm hit New York City that Mayor Bloomberg endorsed President Obama, citing climate change. With Sandy serving as reminder of the urgency of climate change and the power of social media, Social Media Today and The Energy Collective have teamed up to tackle questions such as:
Journalist and Editor of OnEarth.org, the award-winning website of OnEarth magazine. He is also an adjuct professor at Columbia University.
Marc Gunther, moderator
Journalist and consultant in business and sustainability, contributing editor at FORTUNE magazine, and author of Suck It Up: How capturing carbon from the air can help solve the climate crisis.
Digital & Social Media Director, The Climate Reality Project