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Get Smart on Climate Change

2010 December 21

By Erin Jones

One of the first tasks I was given when I began my internship in environmental education at EPA in Region 5 was to create a poster to help students better understand climate change.

I began to think about keywords associated with this phenomenon like glaciers, sea level, the Arctic, carbon dioxide, emissions, and greenhouse effect and then asked myself…how do all of these things relate to climate change? It’s hard…understanding climate change is a challenging thing.

Here in Chicago, there are exhibits on climate change at both the Museum of Science and Industry (until January 2011) and the Field Museum (ended in November 2010) that are designed to help the public better understand this challenging concept. Visiting these two exhibits forced me to think about climate change in different ways. Ultimately, understanding climate change is important because understanding empowers us with knowledge to take action against climate change.

Visiting a museum near you with an exhibit on climate change is a great way to get educated. Also, searching the internet will help too. If you are unable to visit a museum, we recently created a poster that we think will help.

The front of the poster showcases the winning artwork from the 2010 Climate Change Art Challenge that was open to students in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The contestants had to answer the question, “What is Climate Change?” The poster also includes information on the effects of climate change, climate change vocabulary, actions you can take against climate change, and some activities that should help you understand this tough concept. The poster and attachments can be found online.

Whether you visit a museum, search the internet, or use this poster—make a move and get smart on climate change.

About the author: Erin Jones recently completed an internship at EPA’s Region 5 office. She hopes to complete Master’s in Geography & Environmental Studies at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, IL this spring and pursue a career in environmental evaluation and protection.

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6 Responses leave one →
  1. armansyahardanis permalink
    December 21, 2010

    Climate Change Concept (C3).
    These are the characters of the planets, universal: silent but moving. Those are the characters of the human and the others of species, radical: moving but chaotic. C3 is synthesis of both toward balancing them. When? If we have children or grandchildren or grand grand children, … If Human being, and C3 to change to C2 is Comfortable Concept, beyond The Places and The Times….

  2. wade harter permalink
    December 23, 2010

    i was just wondering if your poster included previous climate change info not caused by “our high tech living” such as the ice ages and the period when Altantic ocean waves were lapping the shore line around Columbia, SC, which is some 150 miles west of the present shore line in Myrtle Beach.

  3. Mike Fortner permalink
    December 28, 2010

    I think you left out one of the best words to describe climate change. With no real evidence of “Glogal Warming” especally “Man Made Global Warming ” I would have to submit the word FRAUD as the best description of the subject.

  4. Dave Chester permalink
    December 30, 2010

    You forgot to mention that Greenland used to actually be green. It’s been frozen for so long, most probably due to global cooling. Man-made, of course. :-)

  5. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    January 2, 2011

    I’m glad that EPA is still interested in climate change but I think the new political reality in the House goes against much more positive legislation to deal with the issue. California is moving forward on its climate change program. We will have a program in place that other states can look at and decide if they want to do it. The California Plan will also create the infrastructure and jobs necessary for a cleaner more efficient 21st Century economy. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

  6. Harry Benson permalink
    February 17, 2011

    I must say, I completely agree. There is no real evidence of global warming. Why have we always been led to believe that tree rings represent the earths rise in temperature? Because there is simply no evidence for this at all if you really look into it.

    Very interesting stuff.

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