Next week I plan to survey students at my university (Graceland University, in Lamoni, IA) about their thoughts on climate change. Lamoni is a pretty conservative place (being in southern Iowa, in the heart of the midwest and all) and the student body is rather liberal and diverse: many midwesterners, people from the coasts, and even a large international population, so I think I should get a variety of responses. At least I hope.
I’m interested in knowing a couple things, and am open to suggestions. (So let me know – via comment or email).
Here’s what I got so far:
1. “Do you believe the Earth’s climate is changing? Why or why not?”
2. “If yes, do you believe humans are responsible for/contributing to this change? Why or why not?”
3. “Do you think most people do or do not believe in climate change?”
4. “Are your beliefs justified through facts or opinion?”
5. “Do you believe scientists agree or disagree about humans affecting climate change? Why or why not?”
6. “Any other thoughts about climate change?”
What i’m really trying to get at…
Is that climate change, in the scientific community, is no longer debated. Yes humans have been affecting the environment, yes the burning of fossil fuels contributes to climate change, yes the ice caps are melting, yes, yes, yes. YET it is still debated by the general population?! So, i’m going to try to find out why there are so many “nonbelievers.”
P.S. I think many would look at politically interested groups feeding mainstream media sources and politicians with bullshit about human interaction with the environment (big oil, I believe), but i want to know.
Will you help me?