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1 Concerned/Cautious #1 David Anderson Matthew Anderson Alison Baur Hannah Faulkner Dan Massello Laura Harvey Teal Waterstrat gCORE Fall 2011 Evergreen MES

2 Cautious/Disengaged/Doubtful/Dismissive Alarmed #1 Alarmed #2 Concerned #1 Concerned #2 Concerned/Cautious #1 Concerned/Cautious #2 By Carri LeRoy Who we are and where we fit in

3 Concerned and Cautions make up greatest portion of American attitudes Foggy area between concerned and cautious Impressions from interview did not always match categorization according to survey results Introduction to the Six Americas

4 Keywords and Themes Large amount of individual diversity in responses, but commonalties were present Keywords Outdoors Local mountains Glaciers Weather Complex/complicated TV Internet Long term Themes Many participants long term residents of PNW Acknowledge climate change is occurring Doubting level of anthropogenic influence Distrust of media Mixed trust in science Climate too complex to understand Personal experience shapes opinion Government seen as : -helpful for education -problematic if too much regulation

5 Experiences in the outdoors Pertinence of Anthropogenic Role Proficiency of Personal Knowledge Accuracy of Media Coverage Accuracy of Scientific Research Effectiveness of Government Response Negative Outlook Positive Outlook Mixed Outlook Not Applicable Interviewee Responses

6 WORDLE PLACE HOLDER Concerned-Cautious 1 – Compiled Wordle

7 Outdoors/Nature/Recreation 6 out of 7 subjects were very active in the outdoors through work and recreation Mountains Ocean/Puget Sound River rafting Sailing Kayaking Hiking Bicycling Forestry Gardening

8 Perception of Changes in Climate 6 out of 7 subjects noted some change in the climate/weather during their time in the Pacific Northwest Less extreme winters and summers Harder rains Wetter summers Receding glaciers, less snow/ice Shorter logging season

9 Anthropogenic Climate Change Beliefs 1 out of 7 believe that the major changes to the climate are mostly human caused 5 out of 7 believe that a portion is caused by humans (with the rest being natural fluctuation) 0 out of 7 believe its entirely natural 1 out of 7 did not voice an opinion Wasn’t Me DUDE!

10 Knowledge of climate change 5 out of 7 subjects do not go out of their way to research climate change 1 out of 7 subjects doubts their knowledge of climate to be accurate, and perceives information sources to be inaccurate 4 out of 7 subjects have confidence in their GCC knowledge, but perceive common information sources to be inaccurate 2 out of 7 would be interested in climate change if it directly affected them

11 Trust in Media General distrust in media (3 out of 7) Distrust in certain media (1 out of 7) General trust in media (2 out of 7) Friends (3 of 7) Magazines (2 of 7) Television (2 of 7) Internet (2 of 7) Newspaper (1 of 7) Journals (2 of 7)

12 Trust in Science 4 out of 7 voiced at least some distrust of science 2 out of 7 did not mention perceptions of science 1 of 7 trusted the Scientific Community 1 of 7 showed concern that data can be manipulated 1 of 7 showed concern that scientific methods are inappropriate for climate studies 1 of 7 showed concern about extreme viewpoints in science

13 Government action 3 of 7 believe if government action is taken, it should not be radical 1 of 7 believe community leaders should help plan for any sort of disaster, not just something like climate change 2 of 7 believe community leaders should do more to educate public on GCC 5 of 7 believe government action will be received poorly by public 2 of 7 believe government action should not infringe on the subject's way of life or finances

14 Bias in Questions Questions 11 and 12 presuppose that subjects believe in climate change, and that the government and community leaders should be doing something about it. "11. Could instituting government policy have an impact on climate change?" "12. Do you believe community leaders are helping their communites prepare for climate change?" Future research should consider alterative questions that allow respondents to provide answers in line with their beliefs.

15 Conclusions While subjects might believe that climate change is happening, the threat is not viewed as immediate. Most subjects do not fully trust science or the media for information on climate change Some subjects noted preoccupation with their personal lives Opinion and personal experience are more influential than climate change media/info

16 A Very Big Thanks To: The Evergreen State College Judy Cushing Martha Henderson Carrie Leroy The Six Americas Unnamed Interviewees (n = 7) Kirsten Jeremy Littell Wordle, Moodle, Doodle, and Google (really! These people make millions) Uncopyrighed Images on the Internet The MES incoming class support group


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