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Authors

Peter Howe, Jennifer Marlon

Grades

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

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Civics, Geography

Resource Type

  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

North America, United States

Democratic and Republican Views of Climate Change

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Synopsis
  • This interactive map shows partisan climate opinion data generated with statistical models based on survey results and mapped to different United States geographical areas.
  • Students can see how opinions about climate change vary by geography and political affiliation.
  • It includes a description of the data, methodology, and survey questions used.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This resource shows the similarities and differences in beliefs about global warming.
  • The single maps provide additional options to research.

Prerequisites 

  • Students should understand the difference between states and congressional districts and have a basic understanding of global warming.
  • If looking at the specific policies, the teacher should preview the terms pollutants, renewable energy, and utilities. 

Differentiation 

  • Science and history classes can discuss the process of science and compare the denial of global warming and climate change to the denial of the Earth being round or other scientific discoveries or ideas that challenged the status quo.
  • English language arts classes could write a position paper about why opinions about verifiable observations and data are not relevant (such as believing that gravity is just a theory).
  • Students can be grouped and asked to discuss these questions and then share with the class:
    • What surprised you about this data?
    • What didn't surprise you?
    • Environmental protection was a bipartisan issue in the past.  Why do you think it has become partisan?
Scientist Notes
This map visualizes data on the political parties who have keen interest in mitigating climate change impact by funding research on renewable energy in the USA. The datasets estimate variability of Republicans and Democrats' climate change beliefs, risk perception, and policy preferences at the state and congressional district level. It was modeled with a multilevel regression. The methods used here are statistically fit but will also recommend IDW Geospatial modeling with GIS tool to visualize spatial spread and buffer zones. However, this resource is recommended for students in this grade level.
Standards
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.6-8.4 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.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • Geography 1 (F1): 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 analyzing the local, national, and global geographic data on physical, environmental, and cultural processes that shape and change places and regions.
      • 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.
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