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This week we wanted to learn about how to make our politics less divisive, particularly when it comes to making progress on climate change and environmental issues. So we reached out to Mo — an original Friend of the Planet — who has been studying civility in politics for years. In GU Politics’ most recent polling, they found that Americans believe that politics are as badly divided as they have ever been, but that people are optimistic despite that.
“We’ve been tracking Americans’ attitudes toward civility — how bad do they think it is and who do they blame — and this year the top two slots are special interests and social media.”
“When you look at an issue like climate and what is holding people back, going back to that point in the poll about people blaming special interests, I’m curious as we do more research on this, to see how people define that because I would suspect that even that is polarized…both (sides) blaming those special interests but having different definitions of who those special interests are.”
Mo says that in his view the key is for policymakers to stop talking to each other and the press and instead to talk to the people who are impacted. That sounds like good advice to us! Thanks, Mo!
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Continuing its set of opinion surveys in the run-up to Earth Day, Gallup has released the results of another poll, finding that the percent of American adults who say that “protection of the environment should be given priority even at the risk of curbing economic growth” has dropped by 15% since 2018. Experts say that this number often correlates with unemployment, which the COVID-19 pandemic greatly increased.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Netflix has announced a commitment to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2022. The plan, called “Net Zero + Nature,” was announced on the Netflix blog by Dr. Emma Stewart, who became the content platform’s first sustainability officer in the fall of 2020. Netflix estimates that its 2020 […]
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