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“Climate activism made up roughly 16% of overall climate coverage” mostly focused on Greta Thunberg and the youth climate strikes.
Nearly 40% of climate segments aired in August and September when the U.N. Climate Summit and global climate demonstrations occurred.
“People of color made up only 10% of guests who were interviewed or featured in the corporate networks’ climate coverage.”
“Both scientists and women were also underrepresented in climate coverage, making just up 22% and 27% of guests, respectively.”
“Several major drivers of climate coverage in 2019 included the Green New Deal, climate activism, extreme weather, and the 2020 election.”
“There were no nightly news segments on the Green New Deal.”
“The Sunday morning shows covered it in 39% of its climate segments, though primarily through a political lens.”
What You Can Do: Start talking about climate change. According to the Climate Communications Center, the percentage of people talking about climate change “often” has almost doubled from 5% to 9%, but it’s still too small. You are now officially part of the 9%. Can we make this number go up by next year’s survey?
How do you elect political candidates who will make tackling climate change a priority? That’s the question Caroline Spears and her colleagues sought to answer when they launched the Climate Cabinet Action Fund in 2018, offering tailored climate data, policy ideas, and messaging suggestions to candidates and lawmakers.
Why This Matters: State legislatures play a critical role in crafting and passing policy — to lead on climate and energy policy, paving the way for ambitious national climate action.
By Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer As Maui, Hawaii begins its “managed retreat” from its coastline due to sea-level rise caused by climate change, the county filed a lawsuit this week against big oil companies including ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, and ConocoPhillips to pay the costs of the move. The suit alleges that the companies knew […]
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