Education and Awareness
How might we make people more aware of and responsible for their own personal impact on the environment?
Specific angles to explore
Current research shows that a majority (69%) of Americans actually believe that climate change is a man-made phenomenon, challenging misconceptions that people do not believe in man-made climate change. Understanding that a majority of the public think that climate change is occurring, think it is a serious threat, and would support climate policies can help build public understanding, acceptance, and support around combating climate change. Despite a majority of the public believing in man-made climate change and the push for climate change education, a portion of the public is still skeptical about whether climate change exists and is caused by human activity. Furthermore, people (especially young people) can often feel a sense of hopelessness about climate change. Even if people recognize it exists, people can be unsure of what they can personally do to take meaningful action in response to climate change. Creating pathways for collective action, education, and advocacy may be one direction where new initiatives can be created to empower people to tackle climate change.
Presenting Evidence: How might we present the evidence for climate change in a way that is engaging and easy to understand?
K-12 Education: How might we create new educations programs for K-12 students to learn about climate change and how they can take action?
Adult Conversations: How might we create new resources for adults to have informed conversations with other adults about climate change?