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The Key to Engaging Conservatives on Climate Change Issues

Much has been written about the partisan divide on climate – conservatives are far more likely than liberals or moderates to express doubt about climate change or oppose climate action. If we are to build widespread, mainstream support for climate solutions, we’ll need to get conservatives on board – but how?   This Washington Post […]

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New Poll: Conservative Republicans Stand Alone on Immediacy of Climate Threat

Last week, we wrote about demographic data that showed many Americans don’t feel climate change will affect them personally. A new Gallup poll adds some nuance to those findings – whether or not a person believes climate change is an imminent threat is strongly linked to political affiliation.   More than 60 percent of conservative […]

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How to Create a Non-Partisan Climate Message

When trying to inspire people to fight climate change, it seems like the obvious message would be, “Help protect our planet.” But in fact, that message can backfire – many people balk at being labeled as “environmentalist” or “green.” But that doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t support clean energy or care about pollution.   So […]

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How Pope Francis’ Message on Climate Action Can Inspire the World

Faith leaders have enormous power to influence their congregations. A recent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) found that when clergy speak about climate change, their members are much more inclined to see it as a concern (62% vs. 39%). So the news that Pope Francis is planning to issue an edict urging […]

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Belief in Climate Change Depends on How You Frame the Solutions

With so much evidence showing that climate change is a reality, why do some some groups still deny that it exists? A new Duke University study helps explain why conservatives and liberals disagree so strongly on certain issues: people evaluate the evidence of problems based on whether the solutions align with their political beliefs.   […]

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New Effort Will Promote Pro-Climate GOP Candidates

A new effort will help to lift up Republican candidates who are strong on climate change, according to a new article in Politico. The new campaign, which is worth more than seven figures, is part of a larger effort to identify partners in the GOP who will champion climate solutions. The group has already announced that it will support Rep. Chris […]

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Majority of Young Conservatives Believe in Climate Change, New Poll

A new analysis by the Pew Research Center suggests that young conservatives are increasingly likely to believe that climate change is happening. The report, based on on a national survey of more than 10,000 adults nationwide, divided the American public into seven different voting blocs: “steadfast conservatives,” “business conservatives,” “young outsiders,” “hard-pressed skeptics,” “next generation […]

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The Psychology Behind Climate Denial, and What to Do About It

Climate skepticism continues to bewilder many stakeholders working on climate solutions. Why do skeptics believe what they do? And what’s the best way to engage with them? In a recent piece in The Conversation, cognitive scientist Stephan Lewandosky answered questions submitted on Reddit about conspiracy theories, climate denial, and public reactions to science. What’s most […]

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How to Approach a Climate Skeptic

Climate change continues to be a highly polarizing issue. According to psychological research, part of the issue has to do with the way our brains process information. We’re biologically predisposed to seek out and trust information that confirms our existing points of view, a phenomenon known by psychologists as “confirmation bias.” This means that those […]

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This Tea Party Leader is Championing Green. Here’s Why.

Debbie Dooley isn’t your typical Tea Party leader. She’s a Georgia grandmother who became an activist six years ago when her first grandson was born. Dooley is co-founder of the Atlanta Tea Party Patriots, and has been active with the Tea Party Patriots since their inception. Last summer, she teamed up with the Sierra Club […]

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