TALKING CLIMATE

Although contested by many climate deniers, 97% of the world’s scientists have determined climate change is real and that humans are primarily responsible. In September 2020 a record number of Americans (72%) were determined to believe in climate change, and Yale published a detailed and highly interactive Climate Opinion Map detailing how climate change beliefs vary across the country. Unfortunately, billions of dollars have been poured into misinformation campaigns to inhibit climate change progress and the country remains heavily dependent on fossil fuels.  The prominence of denialism in our national conversation about climate change is a product of these campaigns and continues to stall progress.

What is the first thing we need to do to address climate change? Simple: we need to understand it, accept the science, and act. This section provides resources to help you communicate with people who are still skeptical about the reality of climate change. You might want to start with a 2019 video from Climate Crocks.

Accurate information is the foundation of a functioning democracy. A website called Climate Feedback is a worldwide network of scientists sorting fact from fiction in climate change media coverage. It is highly recommended if you find yourself unclear about something you have read in this time of so much misinformation.

There is also:
•  a useful history answering the questions of “What did we know and when did we know it?” found at Science Feedback.
•  a good quiz from the Washington Post.
•  a game developed by scientist John Cook called crankyuncle, using cartoons and critical thinking to fight misinformation used by climate change deniers. (Also available as a Teacher’s Guide)

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The strong winds of climate change have failed to move the opinions of many Americans

Protesters demonstrate at the U.N. climate summit known as COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 11.

The strong winds of climate change have failed to move the opinions of many Americans

By Darrel Fears and Emily Guskin Photo: Yves Herman , Reuters 11/12/21
Even as windstorms became more powerful, wildfires grew more deadly and rising seas made damaging floods more frequent, Americans’ views about the threat of global warming over the past few years remain largely unchanged, a…

A House committee has been investigating the role fossil fuel companies have played in disseminating climate misinformation

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A House committee has been investigating the role fossil fuel companies have played in disseminating climate misinformation

By Nick Sobczyk Photo: Ting Shen Getty Images 10/29/21
House Oversight and Reform Chair Carolyn Maloney said yesterday that she intends to subpoena four major oil companies and two trade organizations for documents and communications as part of her committee’s investigation into climate misinformation.