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Yale Program on Climate Change Communication


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts, Mathematics

Resource Type

  • Scientific Papers or Reports

Regional Focus




International Public Opinion on Climate Change, 2022

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  • This 26-page report summarizes the findings of a global study investigating people's attitudes, perceptions, behavior, and knowledge about climate change topics.
  • The report details the study, methods, and results of the social media survey.
Teaching Tips


  • The report is straightforward in presenting findings and conclusions, making it a great introduction to scientific writing, research design, and conducting surveys.
  • Each finding presented is followed by a chart with the data collected from each country.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The more detailed findings are presented after page 5.
  • Students should know how to read bar charts and understand proportions.


  • Before reading the report, ask students, "What do you think people's perceptions and attitudes toward climate change and climate policy are?" or "How would you go about determining this if you were a researcher?"
  • This report can also be used in math, science, and statistics classes during lessons about sampling, sample sizes, data collection, normal distributions, graphing data, and data analysis.
  • In more advanced classes, students can design their own study, surveying their friends and family to answer similar questions to those presented in the report.
  • As an extension, have students conduct their own analysis of the data as a whole instead of by country and then draw their own conclusions from the data.
  • Use this dashboard for a more interactive look at the public perception of climate change.
Scientist Notes
This resource reports the findings of a 2021 study of worldwide Facebook users investigating personal knowledge and opinions on climate change. Responses to questions from 31 nations and territories are summarized in a series of clear figures. The most telling figure in this report, found on page 6, shows that at least 78% of respondents in every country or territory surveyed think that climate change is happening, in stark contrast to what is presented in some American media. This report has a wealth of data that students could use to make comparisons and contrasts, both between countries and between responses from a single country, to different questions. This report features more valuable research from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and is recommended for teaching.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.8 Evaluate the hypotheses, data, analysis, and conclusions in a science or technical text, verifying the data when possible and corroborating or challenging conclusions with other sources of information.
  • Common Core Math Standards (CCSS.MATH)
    • Statistics & Probability: Making Inferences & Justifying Conclusions (9-12)
      • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSS.IC.B.3 Recognize the purposes of and differences among sample surveys, experiments, and observational studies; explain how randomization relates to each.
      • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSS.IC.B.6 Evaluate reports based on data.
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