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Climate is changing, can we? A scientific exhibition in schools to understand climate change and raise awareness on sustainability good practices

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Climate change is recognised as the most urgent environmental problem we are facing today. Communication initiatives can play a key role in addressing people's perception of climate change possibly driving them to change their lifestyles. The Institute of Biometeorology of Italian National Research Council realised in 2006-2007 a communication campaign through a science exhibition visited by more than 2000 students with the aim of raising awareness on climate change impacts and sustainability 'good practices', involving also 240 students in a carbon diet contest. This work describes the concept of the educational exhibition and the impressive carbon cuts obtained by students.

Keywords: climate change, communication, global warming, sustainability, sustainable developments, science exhibitions, good practice, carbon reduction, educational exhibitions, environmental education, schools, Italy

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