Adam Berkowitz, Sam Jactel, Tae Eun Kim
Ocean acidification is a relatively new issue to the climate change debate but has the potential for devastating consequences on marine life and global economies. The purpose of this investigation was to understand the relationship between public knowledge of this issue and its correlation with the support of carbon dioxide mitigation policies. Through the use of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk proprietary software, a survey was created and administered to a representative sample of the global population comprised of 971 individuals. The results were then compiled and filtered, and showed that when individuals are more informed about the topic of ocean acidification, they are more inclined to support legislation on carbon mitigation. These results can be extrapolated to indicate the possible behavior of the world’s population regarding climate change in general. The research here presented therefore recommends increased education to garner more interest for environmental issues and more support for legislation attempting to reduce anthropogenic causes of climate change.