Klimaendringer – er det så big deal? : en undersøkelse av elevers holdninger til og oppfatninger av klimaendringer
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- Institutt for geografi 
Climate change is a much discussed topic, with some scientists claiming that the changes we face today, are due to human activity and anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases. Other scientists points to the fact that the climate has gone through changes for millions of years, even before the modern human and our emissions. What is to say that the climate changes we are facing is caused by human activity, and not natural occurring changes in the climate? IPCC have to date released five reports on climate change encompassing, amongst others, how the climate has changed through decades, how it seems that human activity is the cause for these changes and possible future scenarios. These reports often get much attention in the media, as well as in research. On the other hand, you find the climate skeptics whom also are quick to make their voice heard as a response to IPCC and the climate reports. This master thesis aims to get insight into what the youth in Norway thinks about the much- discussed topic of climate changes. 487 students aged 16-18 answered the questionnaire concerning the topic. Through the collected data, the thesis attempts to answer two questions: “What are Norwegian students perception of and attitude towards climate changes, and are these effected by their subjects in school?” By studying the curriculum of different subjects, it is easy to see that the topic of climate change is given varying priority. Therefor, it is interesting to se whether this effects students’ attitudes or not. Secondly, I will aim to answer the following question: “Does a student’s sex, place of residence and encounters with climate change, effect their perception of and attitudes towards climate changes?” School is probably not the only arena where the youth receives information about climate changes, and therefor it is of interest to see what other variables might effect students attitudes. The thesis shows that the Norwegian youth is quite concerned about climate changes on a local and a global scale, and that they expect Norway and its government to be leaders in the development of a sustainable future. Some differences do occur when comparing students with more knowledge about the issue than those with less. This might be explained by the varying knowledge that is given in the topic in different subjects, or a result of a teachers choice of perspectives. Overall, the answers shows the same trend despite different levels of knowledge. In the study, it also became evident that a student’s sex, place of residence and encounters with climate change, somehow effects their attitudes and perceptions.