Although contested by many climate deniers, 97% of the world’s scientists have determined climate change is real and that humans are primarily responsible. By early 2019, the N.Y. Times reported on a Yale study showing that a record number of Americans (72%) had come to feel that global warming was personally important to them. And, by September 2020, Yale published a detailed and highly interactive Climate Opinion Map showing how climate change beliefs, including risk perceptions and policy support for funding research and regulations, 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.
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?”
And, sometimes it is interesting to check your own climate knowledge. Here’s a good quiz from the Washington Post.