Curious climate schools answers launched

Published: 01/11/2021

Today, to mark the start of COP26 UN climate summit in Glasgow, University of Tasmania climate researchers are launching an unprecedented online resource on climate change for young people in Tasmania.

As part of the Curious Climate Schools project, one thousand school students worked with their classes to come up with their top 273 questions about climate change. The Curious Climate Schools team harnessed the collective knowledge of 57 experts to answer them.

Experts including climate scientists, climate communicators, conservation biologists, fire scientists, chemists, lawyers, engineers, psychologists, oceanographers, Indigenous knowledge specialists and health scientists answered these wide-ranging questions. Curious Climate Schools draws on the huge depth of climate change knowledge at the University of Tasmania, with help from experts at CSIRO, University of Adelaide, Massey University, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The Curious Climate Schools website answers questions from school students across Tasmania, and also provides resources on what's being done about climate change at a global level, how to handle feelings about climate change, and what we can do to be part of the solution. As well as the website, experts are heading out to visit schools around Tasmania over the next two weeks to talk about climate change.

Curious Climate team was lead by CMS researcher Chloe Lucas. CMS director Gretta Pecl and CMS member Rachel Kelly were also part of the team.

CMS members and students who are part of the experts are Vanessa Adams, Asta Audzijonyte, Scott Bennett, Scott Condie, Andrew Constable, Stuart Condie, Aysha Fleming, Maree Fudge, Beth Fulton, Dean Greeno, Alistair Hobday, Malcolm Johnson, Mary Mackay, Phillipa McCormack, Jan McDonald, Jess Melbourne-Thomas, Linda Murray, Emily Ogier, and Jonny Stark.

Curious Climate Schools is funded by the Tasmanian Climate Change Office, the Centre for Marine Socioecology and the University of Tasmania’s College of Science and Engineering.

For more information:

Dr Chloe Lucas
Dr Gabi Mocatta

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