WHAT DO NEVADANS THINK ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE?

Feedback from the stakeholder process was clear: Nevadans want a better future and they want action on climate.

“We must make radical moves to secure a future for our children and future generations.”

— Climate Survey Respondent

“We are ALL human beings, and we ALL have something at stake in this challenge, something to lose.”

Climate Survey Respondent

“Nevada can continue to be a leader on climate action with actions as well as words.”

Climate Survey Respondent

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.”

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Figure 1. Nevadans’ level of concern about climate change.

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Figure 2. How concerned are Nevadans about specific climate-related issues?

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Figure 3. How serious a threat do Nevadans perceive climate change to be?

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Figure 4. Do you think Nevada should do more to address climate change?