Don’t stop. Don’t give up. Even though it may feel like beating your head against the wall, take every opportunity to explain climate science to your friends, family, church members, students, and even the deniers you encounter on street corners. Kudos to the Interfaces of Global Change Program’s efforts to improve climate science communication.
Recently, 50 U.S. Senators voted “yea” on the following: “it is the sense of Congress that — (1) climate change is real; and (2) human activity significantly contributes to climate change” (49 voted “nay”).
Senators who voted “yea” were more likely to represent states where a majority of constituents think anthropogenic caused climate change is real (see study by Yale Project on Climate Change Communication).
Good news? At least we know improved public understanding of climate correlates with the willingness of our elected officials to admit that climate change exists.
Now for the hard work: translating knowledge into action.
About the Author:
Bruce Hull is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability and a professor in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation. He is also a faculty member in the Interfaces of Global Change IGEP.
Dr. Hull regularly blogs at Constructing Sustainability.