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Harness climate concerns shared by people of color. This survey of people of color about their attitudes toward climate change reveal that they are paying close attention to the issue and are motivated to get involved with climate solutions. The results show that people of color feel a strong sense of urgency to tackle climate change and are overwhelmingly more likely to support political candidates who prioritize the issue.

Facts need to be woven into a clear and compelling story that effectively connects the climate and the cost of living crises. This story needs to be repeated again and again. This UK-based resource argues that three powerful stories include: “the UK’s potential”—talk about the way the UK can lead; “Our children’s future”—connect the present and future by talking about our children’s future; and “Stability and freedom”—use language of freedom and stability to talk about a clean energy future.

How Natural Disasters Can Change A Politician

Maggie Koerth. FiveThirtyEight
Research & Articles
09-30-2022

Politicians who experience climate disasters can become more supportive of climate policy. One research paper found that politicians who experienced climate disasters were more likely to push for climate policies regardless of party. However, a different study that showed abnormal temperature and precipitation trends were correlated with representatives’ environmental votes found that the politicians’ party did matter: Moderate Democrats made the biggest shift toward more environmental-policy support (Republicans did not shift much, nor did more “strident” Democrats, who are already very supportive of climate policy).

Research & Articles
08-25-2022

These maps allow users to see how many extreme heat events have happened in what zip codes and congressional districts since the beginning of June 2022. Users can select specific zip codes or congressional districts and time periods of interest.

Research & Articles
08-19-2022

Americans are widely concerned about climate change and link it to extreme weather. Most say they’ve changed their personal behaviors due to environmental concerns. A majority of Americans — 71 percent — said their local community has endured at least one of five forms of extreme weather over the last year. And according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll from earlier this month, a majority of Americans supported measures such as incentives to lower the cost of renewable energy and using government funds to promote oil and gas companies to reduce emissions. These policies are popular even among Republicans: 53 percent of Republicans supported the cost-lowering incentives and 50 percent supported funding to lower emissions from oil and gas companies. The federal government has already done both of those things — they were provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act. It’s the most aggressive climate-change law the country has ever enacted, yet many Americans appear unfamiliar with it: In that same Reuters/Ipsos poll, which was conducted a few days before the bill passed the Senate, just 41 percent of Americans said they were familiar with the legislation.

More Educational Outreach on Extreme Heat Needed in the Midwest and Southwest

Raffaele Sindoni Saposhnik, Liz Neyens, Spencer Blackwood, Jennifer Carman and Jennifer Marlon. Yale Program on Climate Change Communication
Research & Articles
08-16-2022

There's a need for more educational outreach on extreme heat, especially in the midwest and southwest. Public opinion estimates from the Yale Climate Opinion Maps show that 65% of Americans were “very” or “somewhat” worried about global warming in the fall of 2021, with substantial county-level variation. Nationally, only 47% of Americans think they will be personally harmed by global warming. Of greatest concern are the counties primarily in the Midwest that have relatively high exposure to extreme heat but lower-than-average levels of worry about global warming. The 217 counties that fall into the “Higher Exposure, Lower Worry” category about 6.4M people (2.6% of U.S. population). Analysis of the socioeconomic characteristics of these counties show that they have a median household income of around $57K per year, which is about 9% below the overall median household income in the United States ($62K). 

Americans are split on whether their personal actions can have an effect on climate change. Most people are taking a variety of steps that reduce their climate impact, but they are often more motivated by finances than environmental concerns. Just 52% of people in 2022 say their “actions have an effect on climate change” (down from 66% in 2019). 35% of people say they are “extremely/very concerned” about the effects of climate change on them personally (down from 44% in 2019).

Most Americans who have experienced one in the past year see at least some link to climate change. That includes majorities in both political parties, though Democrats are more likely than Republicans to say climate change contributed “a lot” to these events. Overall, around four-in-ten Americans say their local community has experienced severe weather like floods and intense storms (43%) or long periods of unusually hot weather (42%) in the past year. Smaller shares say their community has experienced droughts or water shortages (31%), major wildfires (21%) or rising sea levels that erode beaches and shorelines (16%). Collectively, 71% of Americans say their community has experienced at least one of these five forms of extreme weather in the past year. Among those who have, more than eight-in-ten say climate change contributed at least a little to each type of event. Among those who say their community has experienced severe weather like floods or intense storms in the past year, 95% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents say climate change contributed at least a little, compared with 65% of Republicans and GOP leaners. But while 64% of these Democrats say climate change contributed a lot, just 24% of Republicans say the same.

Poll: Voters Support the Inflation Reduction Act

Danielle Deiseroth. Data for Progress and Climate Power
Research & Articles
08-03-2022

Voters overwhelmingly back the Inflation Reduction Act. Further, the bill’s historic investments in clean energy enjoy bipartisan support. The bill enjoys support from an overwhelming majority of Democrats (95 percent), nearly three-quarters of Independents (73 percent), and over half of Republicans (52 percent). Among the most widely supported parts of the bill are fair labor and wage standards for businesses that utilize government tax credits for clean energy projects (90% Democratic and 62% Republican support); investments in conservation measures such as sustainable agriculture, coastal restoration, and forest preservation (88% Democratic and 61% Republican support); and grants to reduce air pollution at our nation’s ports to improve public health in surrounding communities (91% Democratic and 56% Republican support). A majority of voters (51 percent), including 73 percent of Democrats and 47 percent of Independents, think the Inflation Reduction Act will increase America’s energy security. Passing the Inflation Reduction Act could help boost Democrats’ hopes of winning the November 2022 midterm elections—initially, before voters learn about the Inflation Reduction Act, Republicans lead Democrats in the election for Congress by +4 points, but nearly two-thirds of voters (64 percent) of voters say they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supports the Inflation Reduction Act.

Post-Disaster Climate Migration Messaging Guide

National Partnership for New Americans, International Refugee Assistance Project, Refugees International, and Communities United for Status and Protection
Research & Articles
08-01-2022

Advocates can frame migration as a key solution to the new era of climate-driven extreme weather and displacement, build solidarity with displaced peoples, and build a more intersectional and powerful movement for climate action. Call for protections for people displaced by climate impacts alongside demands for decarbonization. Start with values like family, care, compassion, solidarity and treating other people how we would want to be treated. Provide aspirational calls to provide something good. Offer clear solutions and alternatives. Pivot the narrative to the real villains. Point the finger of blame and name the motivation that underpins anti-immigrant policies and narratives. Center the leadership and experiences of those directly-impacted by the climate crisis and anti-immigrant policies.