Who will Battle the Climate Deniers? We tell all — From Washington to Warsaw, Mumbai to Melbourne…
by Franke James
Since my Fighting-the-Climate-Deniers Quiz launched September 21st on Grist.org (followed by ThinkProgress, DeSmogBlog, and my website) the quiz has been taken more than 3,346 times. Wow! And the numbers just keep going UP (See counter below) thanks to people like you who are spreading the word, and blogging about it too.
But I wondered… Just where are these courageous climate fighters located?
Finding the answer called for teamwork. So, my programming-savvy partner, Billiam James, (who luckily has created many maps tracking air quality and smog alerts for the Ontario Ministry of Environment), stepped in. He crunched the numbers, converted the IP addresses of players to geo-locations and plotted them on a Google map. (For the privacy advocates out there: To ensure anonymity, the quiz results are aggregated. The geo-locations are then randomized by a variable distance of up to 5 miles. Additionally, the IP addresses are not being published.)
The Quiz Results Map: How many climate deniers could you fight off?
So, what do the results tell us?
Quiz Title: Denialist Quiz Summary
Number of questions: 10
Number of submissions: 3467
Average Score: 36.4
If you hover over the dots you can see scores for a particular area. The dark green colour is for the higher scores, while the brown dots represent low scores.
The quiz was inspired by Michael Mann’s book, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars. His book whacked me on the head and said “Wake up! We are in a climate war.”
It made me think: What will the world be like if the fossil fuel industry wins the climate war? It also made me wonder what it’s like to be under attack from hordes of “climate denialists” as Mann was. (Although I must say, I do have some experience fighting off the Oil-drunk Harper Government…)
But can a humorous quiz actually change people’s behaviours? Well… here’s feedback I received from a player, Richard Rainford, who knows something about fighting…
This game really makes you think — and I like that.”
Credits and Links
“Who will Battle the Climate Deniers?” writing and illustration by Franke James
Quiz Results Map: Design and programming Billiam James
Take the Quiz: How many climate deniers could you fight off?
ForestEthics reviews the Quiz: Climate quiz from environmental activist and artist, Franke James
Lloyd Alter on Treehugger features the Quiz: How Many Climate Deniers Can You Fight Off?
Amazon Link: The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars
Who will Battle the Climate Deniers? ©2012 Franke James