This segment features Jennifer Hale, Sustainability Manager at the Denver Zoo, and her presentation of the many components to the Denver Zoo's sustainability programs. Jennifer was part of a three person panel discussion at the Baltimore Summit on Communicating Climate Change and the Ocean in April, 2012.
This video segment features Zoë Johnson from the Office for a Sustainable Future at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Zoë manages a number of programs including the adaptation planning associated with sea level rise in the state of Maryland. Zoë was part of a three person panel that discussed planning for the future and our impact, at the Baltimore Summit for Communicating Climate Change and the Ocean in April 2012.
This panel session featured Catherine Hart from Greensburg, Kansas. At 9:45 pm on May 4th, 2007 an EF5 tornado leveled the rural town of Greensburg, Kansas. Just days after the storm, the community came together and decided to rebuild sustainably, striving to become a model green town for the future (from Greensburg GreenTown wesite: http://greensburggreentown.org/history/).
This session features Alejandro Grajal, Senior Vice President of Conservation, Education, and Training at the Chicago Zoological Society. Alejandro gave this talk as part of the Communicating Climate Change and the Ocean Summit in Baltimore, April 2012. Alejandro discusses the Climate Literacy Zoo Education Network (CLiZEN) study focused on audience attitudes related to climate change at zoos and aquariums.
This keynote address features John Racnelli, CEO of the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland. John gave this talk as the second part of the opening panel session at the Communicating Climate Change and the Ocean Summit in Baltimore, April 2012. John's talk is focused on listening to what our heart has to tell us about climate change, and finding the courage to act upon that message.
This keynote address features Bud Ris, President and CEO of the New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts. Bud gave this talk as the first part of the opening panel session at the Communicating Climate Change and the Ocean Summit in Baltimore, April 2012. Bud's talk is focused on conceptualizing the science behind what we know about climate change.
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.
The purpose of this activity is to encourage a dialogue between visitors and educators around environmentally friendly actions. The activity helps the visitor find the connections between their lives and their carbon footprint. This activity is designed for adults, families, or kids ages 9 and up with their families. Younger children can help place the blocks, but will probably not be active participants in the discussion.
Climate change is happening throughout the world. Some effects of climate change include rising sea levels, melting glaciers, more severe storms, more unpredictable weather, warming oceans and air temperatures, and an increasingly acidic ocean. All species (including humans) are affected by the climate. As the climate starts to change, the change can have a positive or negative impact on each species. This activity looks at some specific climate change events and how they affect penguins. The activity is designed for adults, families or kids ages 6 and older with their families.
These notes were compiled by different attendees during the small-group breakout sessions at the Communicating Climate Change and the Ocean Summit in Baltimore, Maryland, April 15 - 17, 2012. Note takers are listed at the top of each set of notes.
To view notes please click on the corresponding pdf file.
Mike Chamberlain is the Manager of Innovation for Guest Experience at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. In this TEDx talk, Mike presents "Whales to Windmills: Inventions Inspired by the Sea," a Monterey Bay Aquarium auditorium program that highlights how different inventors have used biomimicry in designing new technologies. The auditorium program has done an outstanding job of focusing on the solutions and opportunities that may be possible in responding to climate change, without directly discussing climate change as the need for these innovations.
This Candid Conversation offers a well rounded discussion featuring both theory and practice. David Sobel is a nationally recognized thought leader and author on environmental education and place based education with children. Both Tamara Schwarz and Nancy Hotchkiss are putting theory into practice through exhibits, informal education programs, and youth training activities at their respective institutions.
Read more about the event here.
A part of the Aquariums and Climate Coalition's "Candid Conversations" series, this webinar discussion from March 2011 focuses on the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication's Six Americas research, and its usefulness in helping interpreters research their audiences at zoos, aquariums, and museums.