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New public opinion research reveals a totally surprising level of agreement in America on the long-term national priorities that we need to focus on as a nation. The research was undertaken by Populace, a think tank that blends thought leadership and original research with public engagement and grassroots advocacy. They studied public attitudes and created “The American Aspirations Index” which is the first-ever private opinion survey of the public’s ambitions for the long-term future of the country. They found that “there is a surprising level of support for action on climate change and conservation. However, Americans don’t recognize it. Climate action privately ranks as the third-highest personally-held national aspiration out of a full 55 possibilities; Americans believe that ‘most others’ would register climate action as a back half priority.”
Why This Matters:The Index’s authors describe the issue of climate change as a “collective illusion” because there are significant gaps between personal and perceived societal national aspirations. And this “myth” that the public does not agree on climate change is a real obstacle to progress. We need to shatter the misperception that climate change is a divisive issue in order to make real progress on it.
Special Presidential Envoy on Climate (or “SPEC”) Kerry is engaging with key nations this week in the run-up to the Global Summit in two weeks. In India yesterday he met with Prime Minister Narenda Modi, who reaffirmed his government’s commitment to its Paris pledges, including increasing its non-fossil fuel power capacity to 40% and substantially boosting forest cover to reduce CO2. Kerry visits Bangladesh today.
Why This Matters: Kerry is using these visits to try to elicit elevated commitments from other major emitters — China and India.
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer While scientists have long agreed that human activity was the biggest driver of climate change, there hasn’t yet been evidence from direct observation (the gold standard of scientific research) until now. NASA has completed the first study of its kind, which has calculated the recent causes of climate change […]
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Both Kyoto, Japan, and Washington D.C. are known for their cherry blossom seasons in the first few weeks of warming spring weather. This year, cherry blossom season came early in both of these cities. In Kyoto, the blooms peaked last Friday, the earliest in more than 1,200 years of […]
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