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Misconceptions skeptics ened6126
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Misconceptions skeptics ened6126
Misconceptions skeptics ened6126
Misconceptions skeptics ened6126
Misconceptions skeptics ened6126
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  • Of the Six Americas, the Dismissive were the most likely to say they are well-­‐informed about global warming, with 91% saying they were very or fairly well-­‐informed. Take the quiz: http://apps.facebook.com/climatesurvey/ In 2009: The Alarmed (18%) are fully convinced of the reality and seriousness of climate change and are already taking individual, consumer, and political action to address it. The Concerned (33%) – the largest of the six Americas – are also convinced that global warming is happening and a serious problem, but have not yet engaged the issue personally. Three other Americas – the Cautious (19%), the Disengaged (12%) and the Doubtful (11%) – represent different stages of understanding and acceptanceof the problem, and none are actively involved. The final America – the Dismissive (7%)– are very sure it is not happening and are actively involved as opponents of a national effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Yale Project on Climate Change Communication
  • Leiserowitz, A., Smith, N. & Marlon, J.R. (2011) American Teens’ Knowledge of Climate Change. Yale University. New Haven, CT: Yale Project on Climate Change Communication. http://environment.yale.edu/uploads/american-teens-knowledge-of-climate-change.pdf Essentially- identify their misconceptions
  • Climate Literacy Principles National Park Service NASA
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    • 1. Climate Misconceptions and Skeptics Kristen Poppleton ENED 6126 Fall 2011
    • 2. Some Definitions
      • misconception
        • a mistaken idea or view resulting from a misunderstanding of something
      • skeptic (in the case of science)
        • someone who considers the full body of evidence before coming to a conclusion; science by nature is very skeptical
      • Climate contrarian, denier, naysayer
        • Someone who denies that climate change is “real.
    • 3. What do I do if someone questions me on the reality of climate change?
    • 4. Who is your audience? http://environment.yale.edu/climate/
    • 5. What do they know?
      • 54% of teens say that global warming is happening, compared to 63% of adults;
      • 35% of teens understand that most scientists think global warming is happening, compared to 39% of adults;
      • 75% of teens understand that coal is a fossil fuel, compared to 80% of adults;
      • 46% of teens understand that emissions from cars and trucks substantially contribute to global warming, compared to 49% of adults
    • 6. Where did they get their information?
    • 7.  
    • 8. Who do they trust?
    • 9.  
    • 10. What do you say?
      • The Climate system is warming.
      • The primary cause of this warming is human activities, especially the emissions of heat trapping gases such as carbon dioxide.
      • We know this because of multiple independent lines of evidence and over 97% of climate scientists agree.
      • The result of the climate system warming is already being seen around the world today
      • Would you like to learn more?
    • 11. How can you be prepared?
      • Educate yourself through trusted sources.
      • Read what climate deniers are saying.
      • Stay calm and be compassionate.
    • 12. Sources
      • Pew Center for Global Climate Change
      • http://www.pewclimate.org/
      • Yale Project on Climate Change Communication
      • http://environment.yale.edu/climate/
      • Skeptical Science
      • www.skepticalscience.com
      • Misconceptions Handout
      • http://cires.colorado.edu/education/outreach/climateCommunication/CC%20Misconceptions%20Handout.pdf

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