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The Time Is Now For Climate Action

By Sharon Chen
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The time is ripe for transformative climate action: the latest University of Texas Energy Poll shows that the majority of Americans want action against climate change. Forty-three percent of respondents identified with the statement that “Climate change is an urgent threat and all countries need to take action equally,” while forty-eight percent of respondents agreed that the US needs to do more than other nations when it comes to mitigating our climate issues.

On the heels of the Paris climate talks, Laudato Si and Pope Francis’ emphasis on taking care of our planet, and the growing commitment of corporations and higher education institutions to take climate action, it is clear that Americans understand the necessity of acting now to address our climate challenge. Higher education institutions can take advantage of this moment by continuing to set sustainable examples, lead on research and development that can help us go green, and make sure that students are well-educated when it comes to climate issues. For more ways that your campus can lead on climate solutions, please join us on the Path to Positive


UT Poll: Vast majority of Americans backs action against climate change

Bill Dawson | Texas Climate News | February 19, 2016 

Coming just a few weeks after nearly 200 nations agreed in Paris on a sweeping international plan to combat climate change in December, the latest University of Texas Energy Poll has found extremely wide support for such climate action in the U.S. The results were released Thursday.

“We’re seeing strong support for collaborative efforts among nations to combat the effects of climate change,” said Sheril Kirshenbaum, director of the semiannual survey.

A vast majority of respondents, who were surveyed in January, said they supported action against climate change in the latest version of the semiannual UT Energy Poll.

For the first time since the national poll was launched in 2011, participants were provided several statements describing possible U.S. roles in addressing global climate change and asked which one best reflects their own opinion.

The largest number – 43 percent – picked this statement: “Climate change is an urgent threat and all countries need to take action equally.”

However, a greater number – 48 percent combined – selected one of three slightly different statements that each said the U.S. should be doing more than others:

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