Join Case Western Reserve University for a presentation titled “Depolarizing Climate Change in the United States,” featuring guest speaker Matthew G. Burgess. The event will take place Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Moot Courtroom A59 of George Gund Hall (11075 East Blvd.).
About the presentation
Addressing climate change requires a society-wide effort sustained over decades, which likely cannot happen without bipartisan cooperation and broad public support. There have been recent bipartisan climate policies passed at the state and federal levels, however, and polls increasingly suggest broad and bipartisan support for addressing climate change, especially among younger voters. What does a bipartisan approach to addressing climate change look like?
Drawing on analyses of opinion polls, survey experiments, and legislative action from my research group and others, Burgess will argue that strategies for building a big-tent climate movement include carrots over sticks, optimism over pessimism, national pride over national shame, precise and plain-spoken discourse over hyperbole and histrionics, and kitchen-table-focused approaches to environmental justice rather than identitarian ones.