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1 Pcpro.co.uk Depolarizing Climate Conversations Aaron Huertas Science Communications Officer twitter.com/aaronhuertas

2 Why do some people reject climate science? Why do some people who accept it feel hopeless? How can scientists help people overcome these biases?

3 Shifting public opinion on climate change: an empirical assessment of factors influencing concern over climate change in the U.S., 2002–2010 Robert J. Brulle, Jason Carmichael, J. Craig Jenkins Climatic Change 03 Feb 2012

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5 Los Angeles Times political cartoon 9/26/2012 Finding it really hard to source this one!

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9 Huertas A., Kriegsman R. Science or Spin: Assessing the Accuracy of Cable News Coverage of Climate Science 2013 ucsusa.org/scienceorspin

10 Hierarchical Egalitarian Archives.gov Risk and Culture: An Essay on the Selection of Technological and Environmental Dangers, Mary Douglas and Aaron Wildavsky 1982 Centurion Health Corporation Communitarian High Country Press Risk and Culture: An Essay on the Selection of Technological and Environmental Dangers, Mary Douglas and Aaron Wildavsky 1982 Individualist

11 Kahan, Dan M., Jenkins-Smith, Hank and Braman, Donald, Cultural Cognition of Scientific Consensus (February 7, 2010). Journal of Risk Research, Vol. 14, pp , 2011 Perceptions of Scientific Agreement on Climate Change Experts agree Experts disagree or are divided

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15 Scientists need to stay true to the science AND They have to respect the fact that people have different values and political ideologies

16 “As scientists, we’re the map makers. As policymakers, you’re the navigators…” -- marine science and chemistry professor David Hastings (Eckerd College in Florida)

17 “Climate change threats to our coasts” OR “Coastal hazards: erosion, storms, development and rising seas” How is your talk being promoted?

18 Sequencing – When to bring up climate? Climate change is a hazard on our coasts We’ve tracked 10 inches of sea-level rise historically We have a best estimate of 1.3 feet of sea- level rise by 2050 This is happening alongside coastal threats from erosion, development, storms

19 We’re already dealing with coastal threats from erosion, development, storms We’ve tracked 10 inches of sea-level rise historically We best estimate of 1.3 feet of sea-level rise by 2050 So climate change is an additional hazard on our coasts that we can prepare for Sequencing – When to bring up climate?

20 “The impacts of climate change may increase the frequency, scale, and complexity of future missions…” – Department of Defense Quadrennial Defense Review Military Voices “Climate change is a national security challenge…it will affect the type, scope, and location of future Navy missions.” – U.S. Navy Climate Change Roadmap

21 Businesses “There is growing recognition that addressing the risk of climate change will require significant efforts by both the developed and the developing world.” – Exxon-Mobil “We realize we need to prepare for a future when carbon dioxide emissions must be reduced.” – Duke Energy “Energy and climate represent two of the most important business challenges of this century….” – General Electric

22 Freedom and Taxes Gage Skidmore/Flickr Green Tea Coalition (image from Green Tea’s facebook profile) Gage Skidmore/Flickr Theleek.com

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24 ucsusa.org/playingwithfire

25 Pricing carbon can be seen through multiple political lenses

26 Point to “First Responders” in Action

27 UCS: Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment, 2007 Emphasize Choices, Not Inevitability

28 CarbonBrief.org Point to Movement, Along with Adequacy ucsusa.org Sanford et al. NATURE CLIMATE CHANGE | VOL 4 | MARCH 2014

29 UCSUSA.ORG/ScienceNetwork twitter.com/aaronhuertas /

30 Extra Slides on Dealing with Misinformation

31 CDC, Flu Vaccine Facts & Myths

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33 Percent of Older Subjects Remembering False Claims as True

34 Skepticalscience.com

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36 UCS background briefing to media on climate misconceptions


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