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Author

Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Social Studies, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social-Emotional Learning

Resource Types

  • Scientific Papers or Reports
  • Data

Regional Focus

North America, United States

Format

PDF

Climate Change in the American Mind: September 2021

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Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

Synopsis
  • This 112-page document features robust data on the public opinion of climate change in the United States. 
  • The graphs present various opinions over time, allowing students to see how or if opinions have changed. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This data is incredibly rich and robust, with many ways for students to explore the content.

Additional Prerequisites

  • For a quick look at the data, you can read the Executive Summary on pp. 3-4.
  • The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication also has an excellent interactive map on climate opinions in the United States.

Differentiation

  • Students can use this report to design and implement their own surveys on climate change in their school or classroom. Students and teachers can be surveyed.
  • This can be a great interdisciplinary resource for social studies, mathematics, and English classes.
  • Students can also take the Six Americas Super Short Survey to see where they fall in the "Six Americas": Alarmed, Concerned, Cautious, Disengaged, Doubtful, and Dismissive.
Scientist Notes

The resource examined the percentage of the American population with climate knowledge and those with disbeliefs about climate change posing environmental hazards. It used weighted averages, age criteria of 18 and above, and other indicators for the study. This is relevant, valid, and recommended to provide important insights to students.

Standards
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.9-12.4 Read various texts closely to determine what each text explicitly says and to make logical inferences; cite specific textual evidence to support conclusions drawn from the texts.
      • R.9-12.12 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • Social Studies
    • Civics & Government
      • 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.
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