Climate Change Conversation was created by the students of GOA’s Climate Change and Global Inequality class:
Levith Andrade Cuellar, Sandeepa Das, Jaya Dayal, George Downs, Sean Dunbar, Julie Gatineau, Zoe Herlick, Celia Malone, Luis Mendoza, Jazkia Phillips, Gavin Prentice, Chloe Smith Frank, Bryent Takayama, Janina Troper, Dylan Vroon, and Estelle Woodcock
GOA’s Climate Change and Global Inequality class went out into our communities to discover people’s attitudes towards and understanding of climate change. What we found was by parts predictable, by parts startling, and everywhere underscored both our collective concern and unsettling disconnect from this growing crisis.
We have gathered insights from more than 50 interviews into the podcasts below, that reflect what our interviewees shared and what we learned, as we all negotiate the complex landscape of climate change.
We hope you will take time to listen, and complete our survey. We look forward to hearing from you!
What first comes to mind when you hear the words “climate change?’
“Increasing severity of weather patterns is just not scary enough to prompt people to take action”
“Taking action remains difficult.. and often unaffordable”
“Climate change is the new gravity — it’s undeniable”
“This is not about believing or not believing in climate change – the question is do you understand climate change?”
“In the Philippines we are in the middle of the “ring of fire.” No one here denies climate change.”
“In my country of Morocco, we have other, more pressing priorities”
“Environmental racism leaves communities of color without choices — you do what you have to do to survive”
“So often the voices you hear in the climate change movement are white voices, when really the voices that need to be heard, that are living the reality of climate change, are people of color”
“How important do you think women are to combatting climate change?
Too often the power of this essential demographic is overlooked.”
“The Apocalypse is here. Even if we all stop producing carbon right now,, there is so much in the atmosphere that’s continuing to rise … we’re about to see the greatest humanitarian crisis in history.”
“There are climate change activists, climate change deniers, and climate change bystanders. Will we, and by we I mean those who are aware of climate change and its effects, continue to be climate change bystanders?”