Saturday, March 4, 2017

Climate Change: Talk it up.

I just found the Yale Climate Opinion Maps. (Peter Howe, Matto Mildenberger, Jennifer Marlon, and Anthony Leiserowitz) (Some of my connections will recognize Peter Howe, PhD in Geography from Penn State.)
What a resource this map is! It is so helpful to hold a mirror up to the country and show us what we think!
The first data visualization you'll see when you go to the website is the Estimated % of adults who think global warming is happening:
[On the website you can select different model outputs, you can view the "absolute value" (shown here) or the difference from national average. You can zoom in to a state, or change the basis of granularity of this map - to congressional districts, for example.]
So... Clearly, in almost every county of the United States, more than 50% of the adults are somewhat convinced that climate change/global warming IS HAPPENING. And while some are uncertain, very few disagree.
But now, let's look at how many people are worried about it. Uh oh. A lot fewer. They're thinking: Happening, yes - but, whatever.
The interactive website lets you explore so many variants on these climate change opinions... but I'll leave you with one more.
Well, shoot! Maybe people would be more worried about it, and more willing to act on it, IF THEY WERE EVEN TALKING ABOUT IT!
And this is where we come in. Because we can all talk about it. More often. With our parents, our kids, our friends, our neighbors. Put a sign in the lawn? Invite a climate speaker to come to your church?
I'm pretty sure that if we changed that last map, all the others would change too and we'd be on our way to solving this crisis at every scale.
Leaders only follow, you know.

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Thanks for letting me know what you think. I'll review and post ASAP. - Elizabeth