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Author

Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Social Studies, Civics, Geography, World Languages, French

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Data

Regional Focus

North America

Canadian Climate Opinion Maps 2018

Synopsis
  • This interactive map shows Candians' beliefs, risk perceptions, and policy preferences about climate change. The map can be viewed in English or French. 
  • The map contains public opinion data for several climate statements, such as climate change will harm you personally, or Earth is getting warmer. 
  • Students can view data for each climate statement at the national, province, or riding level. 

Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The opinion map tool is easy to use.
  • The generated data can be printed and used for other purposes.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the concept of public opinion and understand how public opinion affects trends.
  • Teachers should review the material before deciding on how to implement it with students.

Differentiation

  • In groups, students could generate opinion fact maps about different regions of Canada and compare their results.
  • After reviewing the data, students could reflect on the following questions:
    • Why do you think some regions' climate opinions differ from other regions' climate opinions?
    • What are some factors that could influence a region's opinions?
    • How could the information in this map be useful for a politician, an educator, a climate activist, or a scientist?
  • Statistics or political science classes could read about how the data for the map was generated by clicking the link below the map in the About the Data section.
  • Other resources on this topic include this article about a youth climate activist working to fight climate change in Ontario and this interactive climate opinion map of the United States.

Scientist Notes
Using a multilevel regression with post-stratification (MRP) on a large national survey dataset (n>9,000) is appropriate to model people's perceptions of climate change to show relative behavioral patterns, beliefs system, and underlying factors influencing their attitude towards climate change in Canada. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Social Studies
    • Active Citizenship in the 21st Century - Civics, Government, and Human Rights
      • 6.3.8.CivicsPI.4: Investigate the roles of political, civil, and economic organizations in shaping people’s lives and share this information with individuals who might benefit from this information.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-2. Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
  • Career Readiness, Life Literacies, & Key Skills
    • Life Literacies and Key Skills
      • 9.4.12.GCA.1: Collaborate with individuals to analyze a variety of potential solutions to climate change effects and determine why some solutions (e.g., political. economic, cultural) may work better than others (e.g., SL.11-12.1., HS-ETS1-1, HS-ETS1-2, HS-ETS1-4, 6.3.12.GeoGI.1, 7.1.IH.IPERS.6, 7.1.IL.IPERS.7, 8.2.12.ETW.3).
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