Keywords: climate change, communication, global warming, sustainability, sustainable developments, science exhibitions, good practice, carbon reduction, educational exhibitions, environmental education, schools, Italy
Climate is changing, can we? A scientific exhibition in schools to understand climate change and raise awareness on sustainability good practices
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.