2020 Undergraduate Research Showcase

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Student Presentation

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Dr. Lisa Meierotto


This project will be comparing two counties in Idaho, Ada and Shoshone, based on overarching variables to compare the climate change discourse between the two. Counties were chosen over individual cities because of the inclusion of rural and urban areas within a county. The U.S. Census definitions of urban and rural areas were also taken into consideration in the decision of the two counties. All of the information gathered is based on data from the 2010 Census. The overarching variables that will create the framework used to compare the counties climate change discourse will consist of: education, legislation and media. Each overarching variable is further broken down into quantifiable variables to assess the discourse in both counties. For example, legislation will be further broken down into state and local legislation including climate change vocabulary in any way. This research has importance because it begins to look at specific areas in Idaho and how individuals in those areas view and interact with climate change discourse. Identifying such differences in discourse can assist in how individuals interact with and view climate change, which will be critical in properly framing and addressing issues.