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Climate Education and Climate Change

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Tony Murphy

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Climate Education and Climate Change
What is the state of Climate Change Education?
Case Study
Moving Forward
What can YOU do for Climate Change Education?
Realize that this is a long-term and sometimes uphill endeavor
Realize that, just like climate change, climate change education is complex and language is important
Need to recognize where people are at in their understanding of the topic
Where they receive their information from
Join with education efforts like GLOBE to inspire and help create the next generation of scientists
UN Projects
Changing Behavior Through Education and Communications
Leiserowitz and Smith (2010): Yale Project on Climate Change Communication
knowledge about how the climate system works;
specific knowledge about the causes, consequences, and potential
solutions to global warming;
contextual knowledge placing human-caused global warming in
historical and geographic perspective; and
practical knowledge that enables individual and collective action

Why is this important?
Leiserowitz's research group has found huge differences across countries and world regions; for example, climate change is not seen as an issue in Latin America and South America, and, globally, 4 out of 10 people have never heard of climate change. He described this lack of awareness of climate change as “an education challenge.”
Media and Climate-friendly Behavior
Singular information has no effect
Information too unspecific will not lead to action
Problem is still not seen as a real threat (suppression as coping process)
Out of the life world context
Positive examples/role models are missing
(Lüdecke, Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Communication, 2012)
Can communication influence the personal will?
Maybe, if the information fits!
Communication is a necessary part of a climate strategy
The effect is limited, but good applications are possible
Focus on a simple message so critical mass can change the system
Focus on activities which are feasible for the target groups
If you do focus on unpopular activities, perhaps you can provide special support like grants
Don't confuse with the communication message
Climate Protection & Communication (Andreas Drack)

Australia, Bangladesh, Fiji, India, Japan, South Korea, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Palua, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand in GLOBE Asia-Pacific Region
GLOBE is a science and education program that connects a network of students, teachers and scientists from around the world to better understand, sustain and improve Earth’s environment at local, regional and global scales.
Student Climate Research Campaign
From Sept. 2011 to August 2013, 952 schools entered 2.2 million data points and shared or reported completion of 95 climate-related research projects.
2013: Europe and Eurasia Region piloting an aerosols campaign. Next year all countries can be involved.
GLOBE Thailand has developed a mosquito protocol that is also being used in other GLOBE countries.
Click below to view video
Images Sources
Cars in Flood--http://www.fastcompany.com/1678172/desertification-nebraska-not-enough-convince-climate-change-deniers-says-poll
Climate Change Vulnerability Index 201--http://developmentwatchuk.wordpress.com/2011/03/20/climate-change-vulnerability-index-2011/
At the floodwaters' edge, entrepreneurs flourish, The Christian Science Monitor, 2011, Image: Sakchai Lalit/AP
Will climate change lead to more flooding? The Guardian, 2012, Image: Tim Ockenden/PA
Forest fires--http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/06/21/satellite-images-and-nasa-data-show-vast-forest-fires-blanketing-singapore-with-record-pollution/
Windmills: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Modern_windmills_at_sunset.jpg
Gallup World Polls--http://www.gallup.com/strategicconsulting/en-us/worldpoll.aspx
Animals and Climate Change book cover--Nicole Shea , 2013
Global Warming Sucks--StrangeNature.com
Why We Argue about Climate Change--Eric Knight, 2013
Habitat of Golden Toad--http://www.exploratorium.edu/climate/biosphere/data5.html
Peru: http://www.newser.com/tag/50576/1/dead-animals.html
Southeast Asian Rainforest--http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/se_asian_rnfrst.htm
The Day After Tomorrow (2004) movie posters
Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific Infographic--Asian Development Bank--http://visual.ly/climate-change-asia-and-pacific
Take AIM at Climate Change Video--NASA/NSF P2K Video--http://passporttoknowledge.com/polar-palooza/whatyoucando/taacc/
Gallup World Polls
America's 6 audiences for Climate Change
Yale University
Hong Kong Air Quality
Monitoring with phone
Evolving Models of Pro-environmental Behavior
Ramsey and Rickson , 1977
Hines et al.,
Visualizing GLOBE Data
Creating Graphs
Accessing Raw Data
Students presenting their
scientific research in
various venues
Student art work
published on
Facebook page
New online
What's Science ever do for us? --http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/reviews/whats-science-ever-done-for-us/
American Adults slide--http://www.prepperpodcast.com/co2-or-cfcs-is-the-planet-warming-or-cooling-susanne-posel-susanne-posel/#axzz2mlg9Z0YY
The Science News Cycle--www.phdcomics.com
Terms that have different meanings--'Communicating the science of climate change', by Richard C.J. Somerville and Susan Joy Hassol, Physics Today, October 2011.
Images Sources
The state of world knowledge on climate change
Impact of Social Media
Impact of Hollywood
Climate Education in the Classroom
Dr. Tony P. Murphy
GLOBE Program

Students collecting data
help convey
number of
Citizen Science
developed by
Oceanic and
(NOAA) and
the American
Association for
of Science
GLOBE is sponsored by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), NSF (National Science Foundation and supported by NOAA and the U.S. Department of State.
Possible consequences and
potential solutions to climate change
Increased fire potentials
Possible Solutions
Possible increased flood events
Possible increased flood events
Possible Solutions
USA only
Thai scientists being trained by GLOBE Scientists
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