Rhode Island Global Warming /Climate Change Focus Group Study

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Rhode Island Global Warming
/Climate Change Focus Group
Study
Presentation to the Outreach and Education
Working Group
Terri Bisson
RI DEM
1/22/04
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About the Study
• 2 Groups; 22 participants
• Held 11/20/03; West Warwick, RI
• Demographics
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Age – residents who range in ages 16 – 55+
Gender – equal mix of male and female
Ethnicity – representative of Rhode Island
Home owners or renters who have lived in the same
location for more than one year
– Geography – evenly distributed
– Occupation – mix of blue/white collar and students
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About the Study
• Purposes:
– Explore general knowledge of climate change
issues and impacts on Rhode Island
– Identify benefits and barriers to implementing
RIGHG reduction options
– Identify key issues that would help sell strategies
to local residents
– Test some position/framing ad copy
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Key Findings
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General
• Distinct differences between two group:
– Personal/community based approached vs.
broader social/global view
• More study needed to fill gaps
• Will be done through Environmental
Literacy Assessment
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General Environment,
Connectedness, Social Responsibility
• Global warming/climate change not a
priority
• Some progress, but not enough
• Americans are wasteful
• Not optimistic about Americans changing
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– Not sure how or what to do either
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Climate Change
• Limited understanding
– What it is
– What causes it
– Impacts/Effects
• No agreement on seriousness of it
• Know scientist do not agree
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Climate Change
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Global warming more recognizable term
Not sure who should be responsible
Not sure of effects of individual actions
Little knowledge of climate change efforts
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Energy Use and Cars
• Vehicle efficiency incentives
– Disagree on effectiveness and acceptance of in RI
Pro:
Con:
•Save on sales tax
•Larger vehicles safer,
more comfortable
•Save gas money
•Control taxes
•Impact on businesses that
rely on trucks
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Energy Use and Cars
• Vehicle efficiency incentives (con’t)
– Confusion about money
– Suggested possible selling point: profits support
environmental programs
– Believe that people who pay $30-$50K for
vehicle will not change behavior
– Car salespeople encourage larger, more
expensive vehicles
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Energy Use and Cars
• CAFÉ Standards
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Cynical
Believe did in 1970’s during fuel shortage
Concerned about car and gas prices rising
Believe that SUV-makers would circumvent
law
– Suggestions:
• set standards by vehicle type
• Government promote clean, more efficient fuels
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Driving Less
• Difficult
– Fast-paced lifestyle
– Location/layout of community
– Safety concerns
• Disagree
– Carpooling
– Mass transit
• Do not support public investment in more
walkable, bikable infrastructure
• Do not think higher insurance rates for driving
more would motivate change
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Energy Use in Home
• Willing to purchase energy saving
appliances
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Suggested to making all energy efficient
Performance, price and warranty are important
Rebates would help
Not aware that most new appliances are
efficient
– No mention of Energy Star specifically
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Energy Use in Home
• Not willing to purchase smaller, more
compact appliances
– Like fancy features
– Bigger is better/higher status themes surfaced
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Energy Use in Home
• Would support appliance standards, even if
it cost more
• Would support changes to building codes to
make new construction more energy
efficient
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Energy Policy
• Divided on voluntarily paying more for
renewable energy
• Most support RPS
– $3.00 increase not much
– Skeptical though about power companies
making the additional money
– Concerned about effects of developing
renewable energy on nature
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Copy Test Results
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Copy Test
• Too much blame on
one source.
• Offensive to SUV
owners
• Some SUV’s are more
fuel efficient than
some cars (not true)
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Copy Test
• Confusing
• Vacation Ad
• Encouraging use of
boats
• Did not understand
• Better with RI
landmark
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Copy Test
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Like Concept
To the point
Memorable
Not offensive
Like character but
unsure what it is
• Kids would notice
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Copy Test
• Missed meaning
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Copy Test
• Too many words
• Exaggerates (truth in
advertising important)
• Not sure about
meaning
• ?character crying
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Copy Test
• Missed meaning
• People will think of
weight and low-carb
diets rather than lowcarb lifestyle
• Would not appeal to
masses
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Copy Test
• Like using money/savings
but want evidence
• Would want to know more
– How we will save
– Where money will go
(support even more if
money going back to
something important)
• Do not believe $700 M,
but would get their
attention
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Copy Test
• Too many numbers
and words
• Important info
• Put in brochure
• Capture more visually
– charts, graphs,
pictures
• Sparked discussion in
Group 2
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Copy Test
• Cute – would bring
people in
• Love Kermit
• Discussion about how
it is not easy being
green
• Good impact on young
children and important
to educate them
• Would appeal to all
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Additional Question from
Members who Attended
• Group 1 – None
• Group 2
– For students – ask about the extent of climate
change education in schools
– Go around table - ask if they believe global
warming is really an issue and how important is
it for them to do something about it?
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