Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Climate Change Education Aquarium Hangout Video

The New England Aquarium Education Department hosted a climate change activity with two classrooms from across the U.S. using Google+ Hangouts on Air on November 7, 2012. Here's the video of that presentation.


About the Activity: Sink or Source
This activity helps explain the carbon cycle and the imbalance in the carbon cycle. A quick look at some of the largest carbon sources helps visitors understand that the imbalance is anthropogenic and leads to important discussions about actions we can take to reduce our carbon footprint. This activity is designed for adults, families, or kids ages 9 and older with their families. Some younger children have been engaged by this activity and can help with sorting. Get resources to do the activity in your own home or classroom.

The New England Aquarium and Climate Change Education
As public understanding of climate change lags behind the consensus among scientists, the National Science Foundation (NSF) since 2009 has been developing the Climate Change Education Partnership program to help the public better weigh the evidence of human-climate interactions. Late Wednesday, NSF announced the awards in its most recent round of funding and granted $5.5 million over five years to the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation led by the New England Aquarium. Read more.

You can join in on future hangouts like this by connecting with Aquarium on Google+

RELATED: The Aquarium's climate change programming was recently featured in a New York Times article. Aquarium president Bud Ris is quoted in the piece saying, "We would like as many people, if not everyone, to leave encouraged to take action."

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