Search below for resources covering the intersection of climate engagement, social science and data analytics.


Research & Articles

This conversation highlights findings from two reports focused on how the climate advocacy community can support equitable climate resilience (the ability of communities to adapt and thrive in the face of impacts from climate change) in climate policies and programs, as advocates nationwide are pushed to think beyond a frame of "simply" climate mitigation: Making Equity Real in Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience Policies and Programs: A Guidebook and Mapping Resilience: A Blueprint for Thriving in the Face of Climate Disasters.

Communicating Hope about Societal Issues: The Case of Climate Change

Justin Rolfe-Redding, George Mason University
Research & Articles

Ingredients for a hopeful message: Boost efficacy (self, collective, response), give reasons we are likely to try (and succeed) in tackling climate change, and insure people (already) think climate change is important. Research indicates that news media coverage of climate change in the United States has emphasized the harms of warming more so than potential solutions, or what is known as “the hope gap” . It is thus not surprising that many express a feeling of fatalism or helplessness in the face of climate change. This dissertation develops a theory of hope as it pertains to social issues and applies it to climate change, develops a more in-depth set of measures of the emotion of hope in response to climate change than previous researchers. Results support the validity of the concept and measurement of climate change hope. Novel insights, such as identifying a sub-population of apparent stoic optimists who persist in feeling hopeful about climate change despite their intense skepticism that humanity will succeed in rising to the challenge.