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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
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  • Misconceptions skeptics ened6126

    1. 1. Climate Misconceptions and Skeptics Kristen Poppleton ENED 6126 Fall 2011
    2. 2. Some Definitions <ul><li>misconception </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a mistaken idea or view resulting from a misunderstanding of something </li></ul></ul><ul><li>skeptic (in the case of science) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>someone who considers the full body of evidence before coming to a conclusion; science by nature is very skeptical </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Climate contrarian, denier, naysayer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Someone who denies that climate change is “real. </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. What do I do if someone questions me on the reality of climate change?
    4. 4. Who is your audience? http://environment.yale.edu/climate/
    5. 5. What do they know? <ul><li>54% of teens say that global warming is happening, compared to 63% of adults; </li></ul><ul><li>35% of teens understand that most scientists think global warming is happening, compared to 39% of adults; </li></ul><ul><li>75% of teens understand that coal is a fossil fuel, compared to 80% of adults; </li></ul><ul><li>46% of teens understand that emissions from cars and trucks substantially contribute to global warming, compared to 49% of adults </li></ul>
    6. 6. Where did they get their information?
    7. 8. Who do they trust?
    8. 10. What do you say? <ul><li>The Climate system is warming. </li></ul><ul><li>The primary cause of this warming is human activities, especially the emissions of heat trapping gases such as carbon dioxide. </li></ul><ul><li>We know this because of multiple independent lines of evidence and over 97% of climate scientists agree. </li></ul><ul><li>The result of the climate system warming is already being seen around the world today </li></ul><ul><li>Would you like to learn more? </li></ul>
    9. 11. How can you be prepared? <ul><li>Educate yourself through trusted sources. </li></ul><ul><li>Read what climate deniers are saying. </li></ul><ul><li>Stay calm and be compassionate. </li></ul>
    10. 12. Sources <ul><li>Pew Center for Global Climate Change </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.pewclimate.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Yale Project on Climate Change Communication </li></ul><ul><li>http://environment.yale.edu/climate/ </li></ul><ul><li>Skeptical Science </li></ul><ul><li>www.skepticalscience.com </li></ul><ul><li>Misconceptions Handout </li></ul><ul><li>http://cires.colorado.edu/education/outreach/climateCommunication/CC%20Misconceptions%20Handout.pdf </li></ul>