Public Resource

Climate Activism: A Six-Americas Analysis, December 2020

Anthony Leiserowitz, Edward Maibach, Seth Rosenthal, John Kotcher, Xinran Wang, Jennifer Carman, Matthew Goldberg, Karine Lacroix and Jennifer Marlon. George Mason and Yale Universities.

There is a great pool of untapped potential climate activists waiting to be recruited. A survey of Americans shows that while current levels of activism are low—only 4% of "Alarmed" and 1% of "Concerned" respondents are currently involved in a campaign to push elected officials to take climate action—, nearly a third would be willing to join such a campaign, including over half of the Alarmed. Other specific forms of activism, such as volunteering, donating, and writing or meeting with officials, all also attract about that same level of interest, if someone they liked and respected asked them to get involved. Even 15% of Americans report willingness to engage in non-violent civil disobedience. 

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