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Yale Program on Climate Change Communication


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Social Studies, English Language Arts, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Scientific Papers or Reports
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus

North America, United States



Climate Change in the American Mind: September 2021

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Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

  • This 112-page document features robust data on the public opinion of climate change in the United States. 
  • The graphs present various opinions over time, allowing students to see how or if opinions have changed. 
Teaching Tips


  • This data is incredibly rich and robust, with many ways for students to explore the content.

Additional Prerequisites

  • For a quick look at the data, you can read the Executive Summary on pp. 3-4.
  • The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication also has an excellent interactive map on climate opinions in the United States.


  • Students can use this report to design and implement their own surveys on climate change in their school or classroom. Students and teachers can be surveyed.
  • This can be a great interdisciplinary resource for social studies, mathematics, and English classes.
  • Students can also take the Six Americas Super Short Survey to see where they fall in the "Six Americas": Alarmed, Concerned, Cautious, Disengaged, Doubtful, and Dismissive.
Scientist Notes

The resource examined the percentage of the American population with climate knowledge and those with disbeliefs about climate change posing environmental hazards. It used weighted averages, age criteria of 18 and above, and other indicators for the study. This is relevant, valid, and recommended to provide important insights to students.

  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.11-12.1 Cite relevant textual evidence that strongly supports analysis of what the text says explicitly/implicitly and make logical inferences, including determining where the text is ambiguous; develop questions for deeper understanding and for further exploration. (RI&RL)
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