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American Climate Metrics Survey 2016: Chicago

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We surveyed Chicagoans to determine their climate beliefs and values - and compared those results to Americans' broader climate values. The results may surprise you!

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American Climate Metrics Survey 2016: Chicago

  1. 1. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Chicago
  2. 2. Chicagoans believe in and are concerned about climate change. They are more likely to be concerned about climate change than other U.S. citizens. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Chicago | 2
  3. 3. Chicagoans believe climate change is happening: American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Chicago | 3 Chicago 2016 84% 83% United States 2016
  4. 4. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Chicago | 4 believe climate change is happening due to either human activities or a combination of human and natural causes 82% 81% U.S. 2016 82% CH‫ا‬CAGO 2015 CHӏCAGO 2016
  5. 5. Chicagoans have increasing concern about climate change: American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Chicago | 5 are concerned about climate change 78%CHӏCAGO 2016 76% U.S. 2016 76% CH‫ا‬CAGO 2015
  6. 6. Chicagoans feel climate impacts at slightly higher rates than do Americans nationally. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Chicago | 6
  7. 7. Chicagoans notice climate impacts: notice more severe weather and changing seasonal weather patterns where they live 78% U.S. 2016 81%CHӏCAGO 2016 American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Chicago | 7
  8. 8. Chicagoans feel personally affected by: American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Chicago | 8 42% 41%56% 40% Record heat waves during summer Increased rates of breathing problems, asthma More frequent and severe droughts Increased flooding 66%CHӏCAGO 2016 51%CHӏCAGO 2016 44%CHӏCAGO 2016 46%CHӏCAGO 2016 67% 51% 48% 40% U.S. 2016 (%) CHlCAGO 2015 (%)
  9. 9. Chicagoans have strong climate values, however these have dipped down slightly versus 2015 and the U.S. population as a whole. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Chicago | 9
  10. 10. Chicagoans' climate values: American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Chicago | 10 say clean water is a critical right for all people 86%CHӏCAGO 2016 90% U.S. 2016 90% CH‫ا‬CAGO 2015 87% U.S. 2016 89% CH‫ا‬CAGO 2015 say we have a moral responsibility to create a safe and healthy climate for ourselves and our children 85%CHӏCAGO 2016
  11. 11. Chicagoans are hopeful we can reduce the pollution that causes climate change, but pessimistic about government's ability to agree on how to do it. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Chicago | 11
  12. 12. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Chicago | 12 Chicagoans believe we can address climate change: 81% U.S. 2016 83% CH‫ا‬CAGO 2015 are hopeful that we can reduce the pollution that is causing climate change 81%CHӏCAGO 2016 74% U.S. 2016 73% CH‫ا‬CAGO 2015 say we could address climate change effectively, but our government is broken and cannot agree on how to do it 71%CHӏCAGO 2016
  13. 13. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Chicago | 13 federal government is most likely to advance solutions on climate change 41%CHӏCAGO 2016 31% U.S. 2016 45% U.S. 2016 private sector is most likely to advance solutions on climate change 34%CHӏCAGO 2016 Chicagoans believe we can address climate change with slightly more faith in the federal government over the private sector.
  14. 14. Chicagoans strongly support clean energy and a pollution fee on companies responsible for greenhouse gas emissions. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Chicago | 14
  15. 15. How much more should the United States be producing energy from each source as it is today? 8889 58 61 4240 3737 CH‫ا‬CAGO 2016 (%) U.S. 2016 (%) 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Wind and Solar Natural gas Oil Coal 3027 Nuclear American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Chicago | 15
  16. 16. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Chicago | 16 favor a proposal to reduce climate change pollution by charging large companies a fee for the pollution they create 82%CHӏCAGO 2016 77% U.S. 2016 55% U.S. 2016 strongly favor 62%CHӏCAGO 2016
  17. 17. Chicagoans recognize the benefits climate solutions will bring to their health, the economy, and jobs. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Chicago | 17
  18. 18. If the United States took steps to prevent future climate change, it would: American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Chicago | 18 67 72 6665 56 60 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Improve health Increase jobsImprove the economy CH‫ا‬CAGO 2016 (%) U.S. 2016 (%)
  19. 19. Chicagoans want their city to prepare for climate change, but there is room for improvement in educating them how Chicago is already addressing climate change. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Chicago | 19
  20. 20. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Chicago | 20 Citizens agree: I want my city to prepare for the impacts of climate change 74% CHӏCAGO 2016 U.S. 2016 78%
  21. 21. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Chicago | 21 Citizens believe their city: is taking action to conserve energy is preparing for the impacts of climate change has a program to engage people to talk about climate change has a program to address climate change 34% CH‫ا‬CAGO 2016 32% U.S. 2016 21% CH‫ا‬CAGO 2016 21% U.S. 2016 18% CH‫ا‬CAGO 2016 18% U.S. 2016 18% CH‫ا‬CAGO 2016 12% U.S. 2016
  22. 22. Chicagoans believe they personally must act on climate today. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Chicago | 22
  23. 23. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Chicago | 23 agree we need to take action now to reduce the pollution that is causing climate change 79%CHӏCAGO 2016 80% U.S. 2016 84% CH‫ا‬CAGO 2015 56%Strongly agree CHӏCAGO 2016 59%Strongly agree U.S. 2016 agree I need to take action now to reduce the pollution that is causing climate change 73%CHӏCAGO 2016 73% U.S. 2016 74% CH‫ا‬CAGO 2015 39%Strongly agree CHӏCAGO 2016 41%Strongly agree U.S. 2016
  24. 24. Chicagoans exhibit relatively strong climate-friendly behaviors, including voting for candidates based on his/her support for taking action on climate. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Chicago | 24
  25. 25. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Chicago | 25 have shifted toward a more energy efficient form of transportation like public transport, hybrid cars, bikes, or walking 48%CHӏCAGO 2016 35% U.S. 2016 40% CH‫ا‬CAGO 2015 voted for a candidate based on his/her support for taking action on climate change 38%CHӏCAGO 2016 34% U.S. 2016 30% CH‫ا‬CAGO 2015 Chicagoans have strong climate-friendly behaviors:
  26. 26. Chicagoans trust many messengers for climate information - but they trust scientists and health professionals the most. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Chicago | 26
  27. 27. Chicagoans trust climate change messengers: American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Chicago | 27 President Obama 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 79 74 Scientists 75 6467 60 41 49 34 6264 63 Environmental organizations Media, TV news and internet 38 46 36 Health professionals CH‫ا‬CAGO 2016 (%) U.S. 2016 (%) CH‫ا‬CAGO 2015 (%)
  28. 28. ecoAmerica builds a critical mass of institutional leadership, public support and political will for definitive climate solutions in the United States. Learn more at ecoAmerica.org Thank you!

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