Survey of Teens’ Thoughts On Climate Change

Greetings from Marymount School of New York!  We are an independent, PreK through Grade 12, all girls’ school in New York City.

I am hoping you will share this blog with the teens in your Teen Science Café program and any other teens in your life. We are seeking to understand what teens understand about weather and climate change through a survey.

As you may know, weather plays a central role in life on Earth.  From our planet’s physical environment to the actions and feelings of human beings, weather is an important factor in all we do and experience.   Weather and climate, though, are different.  Weather is “the state of the atmosphere at a place and time with regard to heat, dryness, sunshine, wind, rain, etc.” while climate is the “weather conditions prevailing in an area in general or over a long period of time.”  The weather may also play a key role in shaping our views of global warming and climate change, but what factors a teenager’s perspective on this critical environmental issue?

The students in our senior elective, Atmospheric Science, hope to answer this question by conducting the first annual Global Survey on Youth Perspectives on Global Warming and Climate Change.  This survey will seek to determine if teenagers believe global warming is naturally induced, human induced, or both, and to uncover what local and global evidence leads teenagers to conclude that the Earth’s average temperature is increasing or not.

The survey is open to all students ages 13 to 18.  

We ask that you share the survey link: with your high school student body.  If another faculty member or administrator would be better suited in promoting or sharing the survey, please feel free to forward this email to them.  You may also share this email with other high school educators at schools in your local area.

The deadline for completing the survey is Friday, February 16, 2018.

The results of the survey will be announced at an online press conference in mid-May.

Please do not hesitate to contact me by email if you have any additional questions.

Eric Walters
Director of STEM Education
Marymount School of New York