I've been doing a bit of research for a grant proposal (fun!) and have come across some really interesting information about how Americans think about global warming, how science (and media's representation of science) fit into that equation, and what it might take to get us to change our ways. All fascinating stuff - albeit a wee bit upsetting (or challenging, or... inspiring?).
Since the goal of Ride350 (aside from having an epic adventure with amazing people) is to raise awareness around global warming - and the need for global action - I wanted to share this chart with you. Produced by the Pew Research Center, the graph ranks the issue of global warming across the political spectrum.
Dead last for Republicans. Wow.
And, what's even more fascinating about this is: we're going in the wrong direction. Global warming is getting LOWER on people's lists of policy priorities. Also from the report: "Although most Americans say that global warming is a very or somewhat serious problem, it ranked at the bottom of the public's list of policy priorities for the president and Congress this year. In January 2008, only 35% of Americans said it should be a top priority for the president and Congress this year, down slightly from a year earlier (38%)."
Just a bit of statistics for your mind to chew on... and, hopefully, inspire you to make an even deeper commitment to waving your tree-loving, scientifically substantiated, organically fed, locally sourced, good vibe, Ride350 flag.