RESEARCH & RESOURCES

ecoAmerica conducts world-class research to understand which Americans are ready to move on climate, how, and how to speak with them in ways that motivate action.  We offer psychographic and values-based research, topical research on trends and to consolidate social science into guidance, communications research, and tested messaging guidance for effective climate conversations.  We offer these findings in guides that can be directly applied in the real world, helping leaders connect with people and inspire them to act.

UPCOMING RESEARCH

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Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance

This guide chronicles the impacts of climate change on Americans’ health and psychological well-being, including increases in stress and anxiety, loss of community identity, heightened aggression and violence, and many others. It builds from our 2014 Beyond Storms and Droughts research, and is intended to further inform and empower health and medical professionals, community and elected leaders, and the public.

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LATEST RESEARCH

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Climate Talking Points

These new bimonthly climate talking points are designed to help you have meaningful and effective conversations about climate! We will choose a theme, provide a few positive talking points, and give some responses to key criticisms. All of this guidance is grounded in ecoAmerica’s extensive research.

 

 

 

 

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2018 American Climate Perspectives Mid-Year Summary

Our mid-year summary synthesizes key data points and trends from our most recent research. Find out what conclusions we’ve drawn so far this year from learning about people’s opinions and attitudes about climate, as well as the perceived benefits and solutions.

 
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American Climate Metrics 2018: New York City

Recent polling from Spring 2018 that reveals the climate opinions, values, and awareness of New Yorkers.

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American Climate Metrics 2017 : National

The most recent polling from our annual American Climate Metrics Survey that uncovers trends on American climate awareness, values, and solutions, as well as shifts since 2015. 

 
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American Climate Metrics 2017 : Los Angeles

Our most recent polling of Los Angelenos reveals trends and shifts in climate attitudes and behavior since 2015. See how the results compare to broader climate values across America.

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American Climate Metrics 2017 : Salt Lake City

Our recent survey of Salt Lake City residents uncovers the evolving trends, attitudes, and behavior towards climate change and solutions since 2015. Find out how the results compare to broader national climate values. 

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American Climate Metrics 2017 : Chicago

Find out the current climate attitudes and values from Chicago in our most recent survey of the city since 2015. Take a look at how the numbers compare to the broader climate values across America. 

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American Climate Metrics 2016 : United States

Our national climate survey collected data from a broad range of Americans to analyze beliefs and opinions about climate change and climate solutions.

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American Climate Metrics 2016 : Chicago

We surveyed residents of Chicago to learn about their beliefs and values about climate change and solutions. Take a look at the results and see how they compare to other major cities.

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American Climate Metrics 2016 : Salt Lake City

We surveyed residents of Salt Lake City to better understand their perspectives on climate change. Take a look at how the results compare to Americans’ broader climate values.

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American Climate Metrics 2016: Los Angeles

We surveyed Los Angelenos to determine their climate beliefs and values – and compared those results to Americans’ broader climate values. The results may surprise you!

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American Climate Metrics 2016 : New York City

We surveyed residents of New York City to learn about their beliefs and opinions about climate change and solutions. See how the results compare to Americans’ broader climate values.

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Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance

This guide chronicles the impacts of climate change on Americans’ health and psychological well-being, including increases in stress and anxiety, loss of community identity, heightened aggression and violence, and many others. It builds from our 2014 Beyond Storms and Droughts research, and is intended to further inform and empower health and medical professionals, community and elected leaders, and the public.

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Let's Lead on Climate

Hear from local community, health, and faith leaders across the U.S. who are successfully engaging their constituents in programs and initiatives that promote climate leadership, action, and solutions. Each success story offers useful guidance and key recommendations to help you take the first steps towards leading on climate.

 

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15 Steps to Create Effective Climate Communications

This guide is an update to our original Communicating on Climate: 13 Steps and Guiding Principles. Drawn from the latest research and real-life experience, it outlines a specific, easy-to-follow process for crafting and delivering successful climate change messages.

 

Let's Talk Climate Series
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Let's Talk Climate: Messages to Motivate Americans

Designed to engage Americans across political and demographic groups on climate solutions, this guide builds on ecoAmerica’s previous messaging research. Includes general messages that increase personal relevance and motivation, tips for application, and thematic language on faith, health, communities, higher education, and business.

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Let’s Talk Communities & Climate: Communication Guidance for City and Community Leaders

Featuring talking points, do’s and don’ts, and a sample speech, this guide equips local leaders with the tools to effectively engage their residents and stakeholders on climate solutions.

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Let’s Talk Faith & Climate: Communication Guidance for Faith Leaders

Discover research-tested, values-based messaging that’s proven to resonate with people of faith, along with tips on how to deepen engagement and position climate action as a moral imperative.

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Let’s Talk Health & Climate: Communication Guidance for Health Professionals

Learn how to create messaging that truly resonates with health care audiences. This guide helps health professionals connect the dots between climate and health, and engage productively and effectively with patients and peers.

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Let's Talk Climate: Messages to Motivate Latino Americans

Combining qualitative and quantitative research, this guide goes beyond standard polling to offer culturally relevant words, phrases, and narratives for successfully engaging fellow Latinos on climate.

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American Climate Values 2014 Supplement: Faith and Climate Highlights

This report dives deeper into the results of American Climate Values 2014: Psychographic and Demographic Insights to understand the climate attitudes of Americans who describe their faith as an important or the most important part of their lives.

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American Climate Values 2014 Supplement: Health and Climate Highlights

This supplementary report focuses on the results of American Climate Values 2014: Psychographic and Demographic Insights to understand the climate attitudes of Americans who identify strongly with the healthcare sector and greater health community.

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American Climate Values 2014: Psychographic and Demographic Insights

The American Climate Values (ACV) survey builds longitudinally on the results of ecoAmerica’s AEVS (2006), ACVS (2008), and ACEVS (2011), with renewed focus on the visible and local impacts of climate change, local and national solutions on climate, and narratives, asks, and messengers that motivate personal and public policy action. This research is an ecoAmerica project in collaboration with Strategic Business Insights (SBI).

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American Climate Values 2014: Insights by Racial and Ethnic Groups

This reports builds upon the results of our ACV14 report by uncovering the common and distinct climate change viewpoints, values, and beliefs of African, Asian, and Hispanic/Latino Americans vs. national averages and each other. This research is an ecoAmerica project in collaboration with Strategic Business Insights (SBI).

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Beyond Storms & Droughts: The Psychological Impacts of Climate Change

A new version of this report will be released in early 2017. If you’d like to receive the new report when it becomes available, please sign up here.

This report explores the likely psychological impacts of climate change, from stress, anxiety, and depression to increases in violence and aggression and loss of community identity. This research is a joint project between ecoAmerica and the American Psychological Association.

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Achieving a Climate for Health: Philanthropy to Promote Health and Justice Through the Challenges of Climate Change

This report, a collaboration between ecoAmerica and Health and Environmental Funders Network, is designed to introduce grantmakers to issues and opportunities that lie at the intersection of climate change and health.

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Connecting on Climate: A Guide to Effective Climate Communication

A joint project between the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED) at the Earth Institute, Columbia University and ecoAmerica, this guide includes research from a range of social science fields, including psychology, anthropology, and behavioral economics, and is designed to be useful for experienced and novice communicators alike.

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