Throughout the listening sessions, during small group meetings, through the survey, and at community-hosted events, Nevadans and community advocates were clear about what they want for the future: cleaner air, better health, an equitable society, economic stability, investment in renewable energy, and a clean environment.
Responses to the climate survey also show that Nevadans are worried about climate change: more than 75% of respondents indicated they are ‘very concerned’ about the issue (Figure 1). Drought, wildfire, air quality, and extreme heat are among the topics of greatest concern (Figure 2). The results also show that Nevadans think the threat climate change poses to both the natural environment and local communities needs to be taken seriously (Figure 3).
More than 70% of survey respondents indicated Nevada needs to do more to combat climate change (Figure 4). Of those who indicated the state should not do more, open-ended responses indicate that some Nevadans thought state action alone was not enough and encouraged regional action, action from the federal government, and through international collaboration. For example, one Nevadan wrote: “The state should work with California, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico to develop a regional strategy for addressing the impacts of climate change.” Another commented: “Nevada is only a small part of the overall problem. We need a national sustained strategy.”