ronmental economics, workforce analysis and green jobs, public literacy and communication, and physical and natural sciences.

About This Report

This report is a summary of the workshop presentations and discussions. Chapters 1 through 3 summarize discussion during the first three sessions. Chapter 1 addresses questions related to the goals of climate change education. Chapter 2 addresses questions related to the audiences of climate change education, and Chapter 3 focuses on the implications of audience segmentation for climate change education strategies and research. The final chapter is a synthesis of the key issues that arose during the workshop.

Appendix A provides the workshop agenda and a list of the participants. Appendix B lists the members of the Climate Change Education Roundtable. Appendix C contains brief biographical sketches of the workshop presenters, steering committee members, and staff. To provide additional information for the discussions at the workshop, the steering committee arranged for a number of background papers to be prepared. Box 1-1 lists their titles and authors, organized by workshop session.1

It is important to be specific about the nature of this report, which documents the information presented in the workshop presentations and discussions. Its purpose is to lay out the key ideas that emerged from the workshop and should be viewed as an initial step in examining the research and applying it in specific policy circumstances. The report is confined to the material presented by the workshop speakers and participants. Neither the workshop nor this summary is intended as a comprehensive review of what is known about the topic, although it is a general reflection of the literature. The presentations and discussions were limited by the time available for the workshop.

This summary was prepared by two independent rapporteurs, and it does not represent either findings or recommendations that can be attributed to the steering committee. Indeed, this document summarizes the views expressed by workshop participants, and the steering committee was responsible only for the quality of the agenda and the selection of participants. Also, the workshop was not designed to generate consensus conclusions or recommendations but focused instead on the identification of ideas, themes, and considerations that contribute to understanding the topic.


1The papers are available online at

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