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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