By Kirsten Firminger

Pew Global Warming Percentages.gifAccording to new polling done by The Pew Research Center, only 35% of Americans feel that global warming is a serious problem, down from 44% of those surveyed in 2008. Only 36% feel that there is solid evidence that the earth is warming because of human activity, down from 47% in 2008.

More than ever, we need to think about the best way to mindfully reach out to individuals to engage them in meaningful dialogue about global warming.

Last week, through, 181 countries came together for the most widespread day of environmental action in the planet’s history. At over 5200 events around the world, people gathered to call for strong action and bold leadership on the climate crisis (check out the photos from  climate change events).

But more can still be done everyday. Grist has put together a great guide on “How to talk to a climate skeptic.” However, keep in mind that some argue that messages based on fear (freaking people out that the world is coming to an end) does not work, and instead we need to focus on how we can engage individuals about climate change on a level that is personally meaningful to them (such as reducing their energy bill or reducing our dependence on foreign oil). Another option is focusing on changing the behaviors on the 36% who do feel that their behaviors cause global warming and this behavior change will spread to others.

What has worked best, in your personal experience, when talking with others about global warming?

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