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Resilience Before Disaster Interactive Webinar

Climate Advocacy Lab; Amee Ravel, Asian Pacific Environmental Network​; Marguerite Young, Service Employees International Union​; Sam Appel, BlueGreen Alliance​; Shina Robinson​, Asian Pacific Environmental Network​

This interactive webinar covered the process of how this collaboration between environmental justice and labor forces was facilitated, how they built a shared vision around resilience, a rundown of the report's key findings, and a guided activity for how to apply the report's insights to participants' local communities and organizing work.

  • 60% of voters said they support the White House’s American Jobs Plan, including 84% of Democrats, 51% of independent voters and 35% of Republicans.
  • At least three-quarters of voters support the plans to devote $18 billion to modernize veterans’ hospitals; $115 billion to modernize highways, roads and streets; and $400 billion to improve caregiving for aging and disabled individuals.
  • 76% of Democrats said they would support spending $174 billion to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles, including expanding the country’s EV charging network, while just 28% of Republicans said the same.

Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm went live for a special 30-minute “Ask me Anything” (AMA) exclusively for the Climate Advocacy Lab community. The US Department of Energy will be critical to the fight to stop climate change. Listen as community members ask questions of USDOE Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm. Our goal with this event is to get information to the field about the priorities of the US DOE and to uncover opportunities for the field to have more impact on these issues.

59% of U.S. adults recognize the effects of global warming have already begun to happen, and a similar proportion believe pollution from human activities is more to blame than natural causes for the Earth's rise in temperature over the past century (64%). Fewer Americans (43%) are "highly worried" about global warming, although another 22% say they worry "a fair amount." 43% also expect global warming to pose a serious threat in their own lifetime. In general, the public's views about global warming haven't changed over the past year, according to Gallup's latest annual Environment poll, and are similar to what they have been each year since 2016. However, this stability masks growing divergence between Republicans and Democrats.

Read additional coverage of this polling in Grist, which digs deeper into the partisan data to show important generational splits in Republican attitudes toward climate.

  • Other measures aimed at combating climate change or transitioning away from fossil fuels also have majority backing, including expanding the country’s electric vehicle charging network (59%) and taking other steps to electrify the transportation sector (52%).
  • Increasing housing options for low-income families garners the support of 70% of registered voters, including 87% of Democrats and 53% of Republicans. 
  • Millennials are at least 10 points more likely to back all of the proposed educational measures, such as free tuition at historically Black colleges and universities, a measure supported by 38% of all voters.

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American voters strongly support clean energy infrastructure investments to kickstart the economic recovery, support action on climate change as part of stimulus recovery packages, and want their elected officials to support those policies as well.

As part of an economic stimulus package, a majority of voters support:

  • Assisting states and regions recovering from recent extreme weather and climate disasters (79%);
  • Reinforcing infrastructure to withstand the effects of climate change and extreme weather such as severe flooding and hurricanes (73%);
  • Building new power lines to transport renewable energy (70%);
  • Creating a jobs program for unemployed oil and gas workers to safely close abandoned oil and gas wells (69%);
  • Expanding public transportation such as high-speed rail, subway and light rail systems, and electric buses (67%);
  • Expanding tax credits and other incentives to expand renewable energy such as solar and wind (66%); and
  • Building and expanding charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (59%).

The Debunking Handbook

Lewandowsky, S., Cook, J., Ecker, U. K. H., Albarracín, D.,
Research & Articles

The Debunking Handbook is a guide to debunking misinformation. Although there is a great deal of psychological research on misinformation, there's no summary of the literature that offers practical guidelines on the most effective ways of reducing the influence of myths. The Debunking Handbook boils the research down into a short, simple summary, intended as a guide for communicators in all areas (not just climate) who encounter misinformation.

The Handbook explores the surprising fact that debunking myths can sometimes reinforce the myth in peoples' minds. Communicators need to be aware of the various backfire effects and how to avoid them, such as:

It also looks at a key element to successful debunking: providing an alternative explanation. The Handbook is designed to be useful to all communicators who have to deal with misinformation (eg - not just climate myths).

Climate Activism: A Six-Americas Analysis, December 2020

Anthony Leiserowitz, Edward Maibach, Seth Rosenthal, John Kotcher, Xinran Wang, Jennifer Carman, Matthew Goldberg, Karine Lacroix and Jennifer Marlon. George Mason and Yale Universities.
Research & Articles

There is a great pool of untapped potential climate activists waiting to be recruited. A survey of Americans shows that while current levels of activism are low—only 4% of "Alarmed" and 1% of "Concerned" respondents are currently involved in a campaign to push elected officials to take climate action—, nearly a third would be willing to join such a campaign, including over half of the Alarmed. Other specific forms of activism, such as volunteering, donating, and writing or meeting with officials, all also attract about that same level of interest, if someone they liked and respected asked them to get involved. Even 15% of Americans report willingness to engage in non-violent civil disobedience.             

The concept of a "just transition" has permeated mainstream discourse, yet those who will likely be most impacted by the energy transition – frontline workers and their communities – have mostly been excluded from the conversation. This report, derived from over 100 listening sessions and interviews with workers and frontline community members, encourages policymakers to:

  1. Go Big: Be guided by a just transition vision that is ambitious and comprehensive in order to address the scope of impacts for affected communities and industries. Job creation, labor standards, and workers’ rights must be included.
  2. Go Wide: Impacts from economic transitions can be felt in a number of ways, from financial to social to psychological. Policymakers should engage with existing social infrastructure such as labor unions, frontline community groups, and Indigenous nations to make sure support is readily available.
  3. Go Far: While the climate crisis is urgent, just transition plans must not be fixated on the short-term. Instead, policymakers should include long-term commitments to workers and their communities as part of their vision and take into account differences in generational needs between older, established workers and those just entering the workforce.

In addition, the report addresses how labor and advocacy organizations need to develop authentic, trusting relationships with each other to build political and policy alignment around just transition goals. One way to start is to establish and expand internal committees and capacities to understand each other’s issues and perspectives.

A large majority of Californians support existing net metering policy, and broadly oppose a proposal that reduces credits for people who contribute solar power to the electric grid.

  • 71% believe the state of California should be doing more to encourage the use of solar power vs. just 14% who say it should be doing less.
  • 80% of California voters support net metering (after hearing a neutral description of the policy), vs just 11% who oppose it.
  • 64% of voters oppose a proposal to “reduce the credit that people who have rooftop solar receive from their local utility for any extra electricity that their rooftop solar generates and feeds back to the grid.” 
  • Keeping energy bills low is a priority for California voters – and they are far more likely to blame rising electricity bills on "utility companies seeking to boost or maintain their profits" (56%) and "managing wildfire risks" (38%) than anything related to solar.