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“Is Nature Stable, Delicate or Random?”

April 24, 2017

Nine years ago Stone Circle was chosen for the cover of a Yale School of Forestry and Environment report titled “Toward a New Consciousness: Values to Sustain Human and Natural Communities.” Yale Programme on Climate Change Communication have chosen to use Stone Circle again for an online report they are releasing for Earth Day this week titled “Is Nature Stable, Delicate or Random?”

Here is the summary:

“Americans have diverse beliefs about the balance of nature – ranging from very stable, to very delicate, to random and unpredictable. Differences in these underlying mental models about the balance of nature are related to more specific beliefs about particular issues. For example, people who believe nature is very stable tend not to believe that global warming is happening, while people who believe nature is delicately balanced are much more likely to believe global warming is happening.

“Here we explore these deep underlying mental models of nature, how they influence global warming beliefs, and which demographic groups tend to prefer one model vs. another. The analysis comes from a nationally representative survey on the environment conducted in November, 2014 by the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.”

The report should reach more than 100,000 social media followers.

The full report is available here