Climate Literacy in the United States of America
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) funded a workshop to discuss the need for a common set of curriculum guidelines specifically for climate education to be used at the local, state and national levels. This workshop resulted in the production of a guide entitled “Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Sciences.” Since publication, several countries have used this guide to inform their initiatives.
The United States’ latest National Climate Assessment 15 report demonstrates current and future climate impacts and actions, as well as opportunities for the public to engage. Emphasis was placed on producing a report that is easily understandable to all audiences. For example, the report’s intuitive interactive website makes main findings easily accessible through graphics and keywords, but also allows for access to in-depth information. With regard to securing widespread dissemination of the report’s findings, partnerships with publicly known figures, as well as the use of newsletters and social media, proved to be instrumental.