Defining Climate Literacy

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA )describes people who are  ‘climate literate’ as citizens who:

  • Understand the essential principles of all aspects of the Earth system governing climate patterns;
  • Know how to gather information about climate and weather, and how to distinguish credible from non-credible scientific sources on the subject;
  • Understand the influence of climate and weather on human society as well as the influence of human society on climate and weather patterns;
  • Can communicate about climate and climate change in a meaningful way; and
  • Can make scientifically informed and responsible personal decisions.