There is a large gap between the public perception of consensus on anthropogenic global warming (AGW), also known as climate change and the reality of 97% agreement among climate scientists.
Without understanding of the implications and causes of climate change, real behaviour change and action will not be forthcoming.
There are organisations working to change the consensus gap. The Consensus Project explains:
"In the most comprehensive analysis to date, we analysed 21 years worth of peer-reviewed papers on “global warming” or “global climate change”. Among the 12,465 papers, we identified over 4,014 abstracts authored by 10,188 scientists that stated a position on human-caused global warming. Among those 4,014 abstracts, 97.1% endorse the consensus. Among the 10,188 scientists, 98.4% endorse the consensus. Read the full paper here.
OUR MISSION is to communicate the overwhelming scientific agreement on anthropogenic (human-caused) global warming to the public at large. We do not endorse any specific political party or agenda, nor any specific set of policies. We seek only to educate and inform."
Another innovative movement in bridging the consensus gap has come from the website Skeptical Science , in the form of a social media event: 97 hours of expert climate knowledge presented through cartoons.
How does it work? The Guardian explains :
Each hour, the site will publish a relevant quote from a climate scientist, along with a playful caricature drawn by Skeptical Science founder and University of Queensland researcher John Cook. Each caricature lists the scientists’ name, title, expertise, and academic institution.
An interactive webpage featuring the quotes and caricatures will be available at http://sks.to/97 . They will also be Tweeted each hour from the Skeptical Science Twitter page ( @skepticscience ) with the hashtag #97hours, posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page , and the images will be made available on Imgur .
This is a great opportunity for people to engage in this social media event, spread the word about the 97% expert consensus on human-caused global warming, and close the consensus gap."