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5 Ways To Develop Your Climate Literacy

2. Find a reputable source of information.

Just like looking for medical information, I’d caution against trusting Dr. Google. Of course the internet is a wealth of information, but there are lots of sites that are not trustworthy. When it comes to educating yourself about climate change, pay attention to who is running websites that you visit. NASA’s site on Global Climate Change has great information, for example. If you come to a site run by a university, you can typically consider that to be a great source of information as well. If you want to learn science topics, you need to learn it from scientists, not from politicians or industries that may have ulterior motives. Visit your local library to find books and magazines if you’re looking for actual papers to hold in your hands. My husband, for example, hates to use the computer and doesn’t really like reading–except for his subscription to National Geographic, from which he has learned so much about climate change (and lots of other topics) in a way that is enjoyable to him.

3. Make it fun!

You don’t just have to read. Why not visit your local aquarium, zoo or museum? Many have exhibits that deal with climate change in a fun, interactive way that’s both enjoyable and educational for you and your children. You can also check out local bookstores and universities that host guest speakers for events that you may learn from. Wherever you go, bring along your inquisitive mind, speak up, and ask questions.

4. Share what you have learned with your family and friends.

Now, I’m not saying you need to become a climate preacher. But why not involve your children in what you learn? Why not mention what you’ve learned to your spouse, siblings or parents? Why not share your enthusiasm with your friends? Chances are that they’ll appreciate hearing how you’ve learned and grown. They may even have questions themselves and enjoy discussing it with you.

5. Take action!

You can take steps to reduce your own carbon emissions, and you can make these a part of fun family activities. It’s great to make changes to our own lives, but it doesn’t have to stop there. There’s a good chance that once you become climate-literate you will have concerns that you will want to take to your representatives, so contact them. Attend a local event like those sponsored by Moms Clean Air Force or, and find ways to combat climate change on a larger level.





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9:35AM PST on Feb 14, 2013

Everyone should know about this, it is everyone´s matter!

8:36AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Very good advice. Thanks.

5:14PM PDT on Sep 9, 2012

Thank you.

3:28PM PDT on Sep 9, 2012

Good article and fun

11:14AM PDT on Sep 9, 2012


2:05AM PDT on Sep 9, 2012

Robert O, no there aren't. Instead of denying it, they debate whether or not it's caused by man or is natural. Currently there's a theory that it's due to an increase in activity from the sun. It doesn't hold any water.

10:42PM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

Thanks a lot

8:52PM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

Real science fading in US; being replaced with religion and Faux News.

7:00PM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

Sorry Robert, but you truly are a denier. One could substitute "expansion cosmology" or "quantum mechanics" or "evolution by natural selection" any other well-established scientific theory for "global warming," and your post would remain indistinguishable.

In each case, we refer to a body of scientific knowledge that is necessarily provisional and always susceptible to future disproof, but one which we grant assent and provisional acceptance in the interim. In fact, in the past 5 years alone, the percentage of climate scientists who have granted such provisional acceptance has increased from 90-95% to 98-99%. The holdouts can now be counted literally on two hands, which is why you can name and remember them, whereas scientists who give quotes to the popular media that affirm the mainstream science remain unremembered precisely for being so typical.

There is no "dogma" holding back an oppressed, anonymous, unpublished, underground network of scientists who hold the keys to debunking global warming. Your complaint is on par with those evolution deniers who complain of "oppression" of their dissenters - in reality any scientist who could overturn a long-standing theory would garner and mantle-full of awards. Every incentive exists to do so, including in global warming. Contrary to conservative iconography, there exists no lush, gilded life of grants and tenure available to idle and lazy scientists willing to massage their data, and environmentalists like myself, upon read

5:17PM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

Instead on focusing on ethereal climate book science - focus on the science method and real climate- meteorology (there is no difference)- get the kids to do their own hypotheses and do measurements and then research.

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