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Author

Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Social Studies, Civics, Geography

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Data

Regional Focus

North America

Canadian Climate Opinion Maps 2018

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Synopsis
  • This interactive map shows Candians' beliefs, risk perceptions, and policy preferences about climate change. The map can be viewed in English or French.
  • The map contains public opinion data for several climate statements, such as climate change will harm you personally, or Earth is getting warmer.
  • Students can view data for each climate statement at the national, province, or riding level.

Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The opinion map tool is easy to use.
  • The generated data can be printed and used for other purposes.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the concept of public opinion and understand how public opinion affects trends.
  • Teachers should review the material before deciding on how to implement it with students.

Differentiation

  • In groups, students could generate opinion fact maps about different regions of Canada and compare their results.
  • After reviewing the data, students could reflect on the following questions:
    • Why do you think some regions' climate opinions differ from other regions' climate opinions?
    • What are some factors that could influence a region's opinions?
    • How could the information in this map be useful for a politician, an educator, a climate activist, or a scientist?
  • Statistics or political science classes could read about how the data for the map was generated by clicking the link below the map in the About the Data section.

Scientist Notes
Using a multilevel regression with post-stratification (MRP) on a large national survey dataset (n>9,000) is appropriate to model people's perceptions of climate change to show relative behavioral patterns, beliefs system, and underlying factors influencing their attitude towards climate change in Canada. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-2 Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
  • Social Studies
    • Civics & Government
      • Civics & Government 1 (D2): Students understand the basic ideals, purposes, principles, structures, and processes of constitutional government in Maine and the United States as well as examples of other forms of government in the world by comparing how laws are made in Maine and at the federal level in the United States.
      • Civics & Government 1 (F2): Students understand the ideals, purposes, principles, structures, and processes of constitutional government in the United States and in the American political system, as well as examples of other forms of government and political systems in the world by explaining how and why democratic institutions and interpretations of democratic ideals and constitutional principles change over time.
    • Geography
      • Geography 1 (F1): Students understand the geography of the community, Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world, and geographic influences on life in the past, present, and future by using the geographic grid and a variety of types of maps, including digital sources, to locate and access relevant geographic information that reflects multiple perspectives.
      • Geography 1 (D3): Students understand the geography of the United States and various regions of the world and the effect of geographic influences on decisions about the present and future by describing the major regions of the Earth and their major physical, environmental, and cultural features using a variety of geographic tools, including digital tools and resources.
    • Personal Finance & Economics
      • Global Connections (F2): Students understand economic aspects of unity and diversity in Maine, the United States, and the world, including Maine Native American communities, by analyzing how resource distribution effects wealth, poverty, and other economic factors.
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