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Authors

Anthony Leiserowitz et al., Anthony Leiserowitz, Jennifer Carman, Seth Rosenthal, Liz Neyens, Jennifer Marlon, Margaret Desmond, Sonja Smith, Mary Frances Rochford, Eimear Cotter, Caroline Cronin, Paula Leonard, Sharon Finegan, John O’Mahony and Luke Reaper

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts

Resource Type

  • Scientific Papers or Reports, 52 pages

Regional Focus

Europe

Format

PDF

Climate Change in the Irish Mind, 2022

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Synopsis
  • This 52-page report details how Irish people think and feel about a variety of issues and topics related to climate change.
  • Students can read generalized responses, see data, and interpret the findings of the study. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This paper offers interesting insights into how the Irish population thinks about our changing climate.
  • Students will be able to read and interpret data regarding a survey that covers many facets of climate change opinion.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be able to read many types of graphs and charts.
  • Students should have some prior knowledge of how surveys are conducted.
  • The paper is lengthy but it can be downloaded for use offline or accessed using the interactive table of contents.

Differentiation

  • Cross-curricular connections can be made in math classes discussing data analysis or in geography classes investigating how different cultures or groups of people think differently.
  • Language arts classes could use this paper when working on informational and technical reading strategies. 
  • As an extension, have students conduct a corresponding survey of their own. Using the questions provided, students can ask a set number of family members or friends and report their findings back to the class. You can even create a class report of your findings using a graphics tool.
Scientist Notes
This website provides a link to the report, "Climate Change in the Irish Mind," based on findings from a survey asking Irish citizens their beliefs and attitudes about global warming. The report provides the survey questions along with raw data displayed as graphs and charts. This is a well-sourced resource and would be a great addition to a classroom discussion about the changing attitudes towards global warming and what the perceptions of global warming are outside of the United States.
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