What is Climate Science Literacy ?

Climate Science Literacy is an understanding of your influence on climate and climate's influence on you and society.


Why does it matter?
During the 20th century Earth's averaged surface temperature rose by approximately 1.08°F (0.6°C). Additional warming of more than 0.25°F (0.14°C) has been measured since 2000. Though the total increase may seem small, it most likely represents a
very rapid rate of change compared to changes in the previous 10,000 years.
• Over the 21st century, scientists expect the earth's temperature to rise even more if citizens don't take action and go green.
• Human activities are the primary cause of most of the ongoing increase in Earth’s globally averaged surface temperature.


A climate literate person:
• understands the essential principles of Earth’s
climate system,
• knows how to assess scientifically credible
information about climate,
• communicates about climate and climate change
in a meaningful way, and
• is able to make informed and responsible
decisions with regard to actions that may
affect climate.



Science, mathematics, and technology have a
profound impact on our individual lives and our
culture. They play a role in almost all human
endeavors, and they affect how we relate to one
another and the world around us. . . . Science
Literacy enables us to make sense of real-world
phenomena, informs our personal and social
decisions, and serves as a foundation for a lifetime
of learning.
"

- -American Association for the Advancement
of Science, Atlas of Science Literacy, Volume 2,
Project 2061.



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All from the Climate Literacy Booklet- found on :
**http://www.climatescience.gov/Library/Literacy/**