Climate Action Alerts
A regional resource for Cape & Islands climate activists | April 1, 2020 | v. 9
Yale Climate Opinion Maps 2019
A picture's worth a million words

Prepared by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication in Spring 2019, these maps show how Americans’ climate change beliefs, risk perceptions, and policy support vary at the state, congressional district, metro area, and county levels.

Public opinion about global warming is an important influence on decision-making about policies to reduce global warming or prepare for the impacts, but American opinions vary widely depending on where people live.

The Yale surveys show that 67% of Americans think global warming is happening. Their new estimates, however, show that only 45% of people in Emery County, Utah agree. Meanwhile 69% in neighboring Grand County, Utah believe global warming is happening. Explore these maps by clicking on your state, congressional district, or county and compare the results across questions and with other geographic areas.

Source: Jennifer Marlon Peter Howe Matto Mildenberger Anthony Leiserowitz  and  Xinran Wang , Yale Program on Climate Change Communication
And what of Barnstable County?
We poll about 3% above the national average in believing global warming is happening

Click the map to learn more about Barnstable County residents' beliefs, risk perceptions, support of policy, and behaviors as they relate to climate change. And get the Barnstable County fact sheet here.
What others are thinking...
Cape Cod Climate Emergency News
Legislative news & actions
Tell Automakers It's Time to Commit to a Cleaner Future

Even while the country is in the midst of the unprecedented COVID-19 health emergency, the Trump administration has taken time to roll back vehicle emission standards, throwing out critical public health and environmental protections that were meant to benefit all of us.

Unfortunately, General Motors, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and other automakers have sided with the Trump administration's attack on clean car standards and the Clean Air Act. These automakers formally filed in court to  support the Trump administration's illegal and dangerous attack  on state authorit y, clean air, a nd climate progress, ignoring the science-based consensus on the urgent need to reduce global warming emissions.

But not all automakers have taken this harmful step! BMW, Ford, Honda, and Volkswagen have committed to more protective clean car standards and a greed to support states' authority to adopt more protective standards.

Take Action Tell General Motors, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler, and other automakers to reverse course and stop attacking clean car standards. These automakers still have a choice—they can still switch sides in the legal battles to come. Act now to demand automakers stop supporting the Trump administration's attack on clean car standards, and instead protect public health and the environment.

Source: Union of Concerned Scientists
Events, education, etcetera
Climate Change in the Era of COVID-19
With Heather Goldstone, Chief Communications Officer and opening remarks by Phil Duffy, President & Executive Director of Woods Hole Research Center

Wednesday, April 1
2:30 PM

The novel coronavirus pandemic has been compared to climate change at warp speed. Heather Goldstone will introduce what we know about the causes and increasingly apparent impacts of climate change, and explore connections between the COVID-19 and climate crises – including the need to ensure that pandemic response policies also advance climate preparedness. Register for this informative webinar.
Cities Confronting the Climate Crisis

April 7
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
As federal climate action continues to lag, municipalities around the country have led the way in confronting the climate crisis, implementing ambitious and innovative policies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, and transition to a clean energy economy. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously described states as “laboratories of democracy,” but in recent years, cities have taken the mantle in pushing forward bold climate solutions. These policies will only inspire future action and catalyze action at the state level. 

In this Deep Dive webinar, local officials will discuss their success with climate policies, including carbon pricing and climate mitigation fees. Mayor Arlene Burns from Moiser, Oregon; Commissioner Mark Marcoplos from Orange County, North Carolina; Sustainability Coordinator Robin Adams from Red Lodge, Montana; City Councilor Quinton Zondervan from Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Mayor Steve Patterson from Athens, Ohio, will highlight the bold policies they have championed in their jurisdictions. 

Source: Climate X Change
Stop the Money Pipeline: A Conversation With Organizers

Tuesday, April 7
2:00pm-3:00pm EST

Join a conversation with organizers from the  Stop the Money Pipeline , a coalition of over 90 organizations working to end the financing of climate destruction by demanding that banks, asset managers, insurance companies and institutional investors stop funding, insuring and investing in fossil fuels, deforestation and the destruction of indigenous lands. Learn about ways to engage with mindfulness and compassion during the 3-day climate strike (April 22nd-24th) marking the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. 

Source: Transition United States
Did you know?
DYK? Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion. Read on.

DYK? NASA, University of Nebraska have released new global groundwater maps and U.S. drought forecasts. Read on.

DYK? How scientists know that humans are responsible for global warming. Read on.
DYK? Storytelling is key to understanding climate change. Read on.

DYK? How to talk to your sister who says global warming is a lie. Read on.

DYK? A a greener, fairer fashion industry can emerge from crisis? Read on.

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