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The end of the 2010s also marked the rise of the youth activist in American politics, and nowhere has that impact been felt more than in the climate movement. Whether it’s been Greta Thunberg of Fridays for the Future, Varshini Prakash of the Sunrise Movement, or youth activists at your neighborhood school, young people have leapt into the fray as powerful moral and policy-minded leaders in the fight for climate action. Check out this tipsheet to learn more about what drives youth climate activist, the cultural context they arise from, and ways to support and grow their power.

  • 56% of U.S. voters say Texas should connect its electric grid with those of other regions, while 24% said the state should continue its independent operation.
  • Roughly 2 in 5 voters say Texas utilities, the state’s energy regulator and state government are “very responsible” for last week’s energy crisis.
  • Democrats were more likely to say they believe Texas should connect to other regions than retain its current model (71% to 13%), while a plurality of Republicans said the same (41% to 36%).

A recent survey to better understand American attitudes towards fuel economy, particularly among prospective vehicle buyers (those who intend to purchase or lease a vehicle within the next two years) found: 

  • Room for improvement: Prospective buyers who currently have a vehicle most commonly selected fuel economy as one of the attributes of their vehicle that has the most room for improvement (42%); the next-highest selections were purchase price (25%) and maintenance costs (25%).
  • Importance of fuel economy to vehicle selection: 64% of Americans who are planning to buy or lease a vehicle within the next two years say that fuel economy is ‘extremely important’ or ‘very important’ to them when considering what vehicle to get next. Only 6% say it is ‘not very important’ or ‘not important at all.’
  • Key expectations for automakers: More than 7 in 10 Americans ‘agree’ or ‘strongly agree’ that:
    • automakers should continue to improve fuel economy for all vehicle types;
    • automakers have a responsibility to consumers to improve gas mileage; and
    • each new generation of vehicles available on the market is expected to be more fuel-efficient than the last.

84% of Americans believe climate change harms some people more than others but most Americans do not yet see climate change as a justice issue, according to recent survey research from ecoAmerica. Large, partisan differences exist, with 63% of Democrats viewing climate change as an important justice issue, vs. just 21% of Republicans. Further, Americans are more likely to say they are motivated to take action on climate change because it is "affecting the environment and nature" (63%) than because it is "unfairly impacting some communities and people more than others" (36%) or because it is "impacting me and my community" (34%). 

Research findings suggest that climate advocates must continue to help Americans connect the dots between climate change and a host of critical justice issues. Check out a video discussing research findings here

Poll: Voters Support 100% Clean Electricity by 2035

Danielle Deiseroth, Julian Brave NoiseCat, and Marcela Mulholland, Data for Progress and Evergreen Action
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There is broad support among voters nationwide for the government transforming the nation’s power grid by 2035 to reduce pollution and address the climate crisis. A majority of national likely voters (62%) support the government moving the country to a 100% clean energy electricity grid by 2035 to address climate change and reduce pollution, including an overwhelming majority of Democrats (85%), a majority of independents (60%), and 40% of Republicans. Given the high levels of support across party lines, it is clear that a federal CES is not only key to reducing America’s carbon emissions, but also popular among the electorate.

Check out the full report, A Roadmap to 100% Clean Electricity by 2035, detaling how the U.S. can achieve power sector decarbonization through a federal clean electricity standard, robust clean energy investments, and justice-centered policies. 

This is a poll from the Pew Research Center around 19 diferent issue areas that should be top priority in 2021. Pew Research Center conducted this study to understand which issues the public views as most important for Congress and the president to prioritize in the coming year. For this analysis, we surveyed 5,360 U.S. adults in January 2021. Everyone who took part in this survey is a member of Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel (ATP), an online survey panel that is recruited through national, random sampling of residential addresses. This way nearly all U.S. adults have a chance of selection. The survey is weighted to be representative of the U.S. adult population by gender, race, ethnicity, partisan affiliation, education and other categories. 

  • A majority (58%) of Iowa farmers recognize climate change is happening and (at least partially) driven by human activities. 18% understand that it is caused mostly by human activities (vs."more or less equally by natural changes in the environment and human activities") -- an 8 percentage point increase from 2011. 
  • A majority of Iowa farmers are "concerned about the potential impacts of climate change on [their] farm operation" (51%); that seed companies should be developing crop varieties adapted to coming changes in weather patterns (64%); and that they should take indiviudal steps to protect their farmland from increased precipitation (58%).
  • The University Extension was the most trusted source of information about climate change (as was the case in 2011), with 60% of farmers selecting trust or strongly trust. Scientists and soil and water conservation organizations were both trusted by 50% of respondents, followed closely by farm groups at 47% and family and friends at 46%.

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A series of participatory workshops, research and testing revealed key insights into how the UK public thinks about climate justice now and how the movement effectively communicate climate justice issues. Recommendations include:

  • Emphasize solidarity with those most affected, which also acknowledging the problems facing UK citizens
  • Be careful with "emergency" framing: doom and gloom makes people panic, closing down potential for solidarity
  • Self-direction is key when talking about affected groups -- they can, and should, be involved in decision-making
  • Make the links between climate, capitalism, and colonialism. Break things down and use "economic design" to help make this crucial connection

77%  of North Carolinians think the primary goal of the state’s energy policy should be achieving 100% clean energy and a majority (33% strongly; 38% somewhat) support the development of offshore wind farms. 70% of voters polled also believe the buildout of offshore wind along North Carolina’s coast would have a positive impact on jobs, the state’s economy, air quality and climate change.

This was a national survey of 1000 voters nationally on climate. This survey polled members on a myriad of different topic areas from clean energy, domestic energy production, oresidential ballot test, political environment to climate change.