The importance of climate change literacy

 

Climate change is a notoriously controversial issue across the globe. With the United States withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, many wonder how climate change will carry out.

Citizens in the U.S. will have to deal with climate change in their everyday lives. It is not a direct phenomenon for most people, but the potential it has to influence our health, economy, and society is steadily increasing, and becoming informed on the subject of climate change is the first step to making an actionable change.

Andrew Watson, author of the book The Big Pivot: Radically Practical Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer, and More Open World, recently spoke with BBC Future regarding the importance of climate change literacy in our nation. he notes how ““Everyone is going to need to understand [climate change] the same way you’d assume everyone in business needs to have some fluency in social media today, or that everyone would able to use a computer 20 years ago.” If these comparisons from Watson are accurate, then it is likely that the United States is lagging.

The best way to start making decisions to help reduce factors that cause climate change is committing to a more sustainable life. Click here to learn three easy steps even a couch potato can do to engage more with sustainable living practices.

Becoming a more climate change literate country is also a priority, so tell your friends and family about ways they can improve both their lives and our planet.