BEHAVIOR, ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE PRESENTATIONS

A collection of presentations on climate communications and behavior change from the 2011 Behavior, Energy and Climate Change conference.

 

 

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This article explores how the politicization of climate science has misled the public’s consensus on human-caused climate change.

 

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Here-Now-Us launched a collective project aimed to facilitate greater involvement of local populations, including populations that often expressed no interest in learning about climate change and sea level rise.

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This report provides an analysis of sustainable lifestyle initiatives and engagement strategies to make tangible change in the way people live their daily lives.      

WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE A LOOK

Fostering and Communicating Sustainable Lifestyles and the UN Environment, aim to increase stakeholders’ understanding of sustainable lifestyles and accelerate the widespread adoption through effective communication. The report outlines key strategies, engagement initiatives and guidance to consider when developing a sustainable lifestyle.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Definition of a sustainable lifestyle:

A “sustainable lifestyle” is a cluster of habits and patterns of behavior embedded 
in a society and facilitated by institutions, norms and infrastructures that frame individual choice, in order to minimize the use of natural resources and generation of wastes, while supporting fairness and prosperity for all. (Akenji et al.) Paraphrased from: Akenji, L, H. Chen et al. (2016). A framework for shaping sustainable lifestyles: Determinants and Strategies. United Nations Environment Programme. 

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Leadnow and the Climate Reality Project Canada joined together to collect key findings from communities, members of Parliament and highly-engaged Canadians to advance national climate action.

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George Mason University’s Center for climate Change Communication conducted stack holder interviews with participants representing four areas of interest for the Salt Marsh Stories program.

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Pew Research Center conducted a survey to explore the division over the cause and seriousness of climate change between Catholics, Protestants, and non-religious U.S. citizens.  

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The Nielsen Sunshine State Survey reports on participant’s views and opinions on current issues such as the environment, public finance, and policy.  

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A report by Climate Outreach and the European Perceptions of Climate Change Project at Cardiff University explores public perceptions of climate change and energy transition in Europe over the last two years. 

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A recent decision by Nevada’s Public Utilities Commission to increase charges on solar-powered homes has caused major unrest with people who support solar rooftops.

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In this study, Gallup researchers evaluate Americans’ views on warm winter weather attributed to climate change.

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NextGen Climate/Project New America Battleground Millennial

This survey by NextGen Climate is the first poll exclusively conducted amongst millennials in battleground states to determine their views on policy issues, such as the elimination of the Environmental Protection Agency in the next presidential election.
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Rural and agricultural communities are and will continue to be affected by climate change. This report focuses on how climate change is impacting forestry, fisheries, agriculture, and tourism in Australia.

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This survey conducted on behalf of The Environmental Defense Fund in May 2016 sampled a group of 1,086 U.S. citizens to address their knowledge and commitment to clean energy.

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America is facing a push to develop the clean energy sector with the goal of decreasing greenhouse gasses by 80% by 2050. In this study, ECONorthwest aims to analyze the impact and cost of fossil fuel infrastructure to current workers.

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A report based on the climate attitudes and beliefs of registered voters who initially identified as Republicans or Democrats, who are now leaning toward a particular candidate. 

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Americans have shown an increase in concern about polluted drinking water, from polluted rivers and reservoir; Gallup researchers found that climate change worries are less of a concern for Americans.

 

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This report discusses American’s views and common discourse on fracking (hydraulic fracturing) as its widespread use to extract oil in the 21st century is increasing.

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A large percentage of Americans are voicing concerns about climate change as it presents the greatest threat of this century. Health is a shared value across a wide spectrum of the U.S. population and this reports discusses policymaker’s views on climate change and the emerging approach to building sustainable communities. 

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Climate Access, in partnership with the County of Marin, San Francisco-based Owlized and Dr. Susanne Moser used a unique visualization technology enabling community members to be part of decision making processes to help Marin County prepare for climate impacts and build stronger, more resilient communities.

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The latest survey in the Climate Change in the American Mind series tracking attitudes, beliefs, and views of Americans on global warming.

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The Union of Concerned Scientists and Consumers Union commissioned a survey to evaluate consumers’ common barriers such as affordability and infrastructure by identifying policies to promote the uses of plug-in electric vehicle ownership for personal transportation. 

 

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One of the most effective ways to communicate a message in our fast-paced society is through visual communication. These images are used in brochures, posters, social media posts, and billboards.

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This is the fourth national survey conducted by George Manson University; the findings explore the ways in which meteorologists broadcast their views and activities on climate change in their reporting. 

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Research on how people's interaction with technology and nature influences perceptions of energy consumption and the ease of adopting effective behaviors.

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An experiment to study social norms around desert landscaping to understand how and why people make decisions and adopt new behavior change when attitudes and behaviors do not necessarily correspond. 

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A presentation on the importance of developing science-based program design frameworks through the lens of four leading theories from Doug McKenzie-Mohr, Robert Cialdini, Richard Thaler and Cass Sustein, and Chip and Dan Heath.

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A national survey of Americans on whether receiving information about adaptation affects how one perceives the urgency of mitigation measures.

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A presentation on how games can engage individuals and incentivize change by providing motivation and social benefits.

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A study of the affect local climate change impact information has on New Yorkers' concern, sense of responsibility and favored policy solutions.

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A survey of US residents on awareness, understanding, concern, and behavior as it relates to climate change and weather trends in order to understand why beliefs are malleable.

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Research on the idea of "climate apathy" and socially organized denial, as well as how a lack of attention to emotions, culture, social interaction, and political economy affects society's ability to respond to climate change.

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An examination of the relationship between energy efficiency adoption rates and business performance, organizational perspectives, non-energy benefits, and human behavior.

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A presentation of results from the Kukui Cup, a competition among University of Hawaii undergrads to conserve and learn about energy through game mechanics. 

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A behavior change classification framework that aims to bring clarity to behavioral programs and how energy conservation initiatives can stimulate various types of behavior changes, including purchasing and usage.

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A study of appealing to kinship as a method to promote future conservation finds that people are more willing to self-sacrifice for an environmental cause if they foresee benefits for their own children, as opposed to future generations in general.

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