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What We Talk About When We Talk About Climate Change

What We Talk About When We Talk About Climate Change
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What’s the point?

According to a recent survey from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, in 2021 only 60% of the U.S. population understood that human activities are the primary cause of global warming. And two in three Americans say they “rarely” or “never” discuss global warming with family and friends.


It is the single biggest issue of our time, but people are reluctant to talk about it. That’s partly because the information needed to discuss the problem is too often dense and difficult to understand. It’s also because the climate change discussion has become divided along political and socioeconomic lines.

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