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Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Civics, Geography, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Data
  • Scientific Papers or Reports

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey

Yale Climate Opinion Maps

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Synopsis
  • This interactive map shows polling data about climate change for a variety of questions and statements that are mapped down to the county level for the entire United States. 
  • It also provides the results for the United States as a whole, displayed in bar graphs for each question or statement. 
Teaching Tips

Positives 

  • This data shows the strong belief in the U.S. that climate change is real, which is often not the perception of U.S. opinion.  
  • This resource is also a great jumping off point for discussions about polling, data science, and the connection between public opinion and government policy.

Additional Prerequisites 

  • Students should have some understanding of the differences between counties, metro areas, and congressional districts.
  • Students should have a basic understanding of climate change.

Differentiation 

  • Some students will need guiding questions and more time to process before discussing. There is a lot of data that can be viewed, so give some guidance or direction for what students should do when on the site.
Scientist Notes
This article presents data on the perception of global warming in U.S. counties, cities, and states. The 999 bootstrap simulation used to visualize the map showed 95% confidence level, indicating accuracy of the entire dataset across Columbus, Colorado, Ohio, Texas, San Francisco, and California. Thus I recommend this resource to educate students to understand the belief patterns, perception risk, and opinions on global warming in the USA and the consequences if urgent action is not taken.
Standards
  • 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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