A Field Guide to Science Education in Your Community
Most teachers don’t teach climate change, according to new research. [Ad Policy
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Since last June, we’ve asked readers to help us track the changes in their communities’ energy use–based on your own habits, and what you’ve read about in the media–in our Climate Change section on Adbusters.org.
All told, this week has yielded a treasure trove of insights about how we could better address climate change if we made each of us responsible for one change at a time. Our reports and crowdsourced tools confirm that climate change isn’t happening slowly, and we’ve even provided some really useful tips for those concerned about the science in their own lives.
However, there’s one key element missing–an understanding of what everyday Americans think about climate change. Some people are alarmists; others aren’t even aware that warming is a problem. Some want solutions and protections, others want to act on environmental norms, and others want to end polluting practices altogether.
In an article published this week in Adbusters magazine, 538 editor and columnist Nate Silver explores how the public views climate change.
Just as nothing in the past has prevented the rise of global warming, there is no way to predict what future actions will do. But the survey also contains some insights into how Americans think the country can cope with today’s climate problems. The most striking finding was that roughly three in four American parents say that climate change should be taught in schools–a higher percentage than the share of Americans who think global warming has already begun.
Silver offers an insightful chapter on the other most popular topic with the youth of America–energy independence. A large majority of Americans, including the vast majority of people aged 18-34, support oil, gas, and coal production in their communities. Yet young people want to work for companies that will green their own operations–or even acquire green technology and services.
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