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Paper: Communicating Climate Change from an Astronomical Perspective
Volume: 531, ASP2020: Embracing the Future: Astronomy Teaching and Public Engagement
Page: 242
Authors: Agnos, J.; Rector, T.
Abstract: Why should astronomers discuss climate change? There are several reasons. Much of the science of climate change is closely connected to the science we do. Astronomers reach approximately 300,000 students in our "Astro 101" classes. We are also highly respected and can often better communicate the science of climate change because we can't be accused of being "in it for the money." Finally, we offer a unique perspective on the importance of protecting the Earth's ecosystem. After all, there is no Planet B. In this interactive session we'll work on how to be a better communicator about the causes, consequences, and solutions for climate change. Talking about and teaching climate change is in many ways different than other topics in astronomy. Explaining the science is not enough. People make decisions on how they feel about climate change based upon personal values and identity. We'll talk about how you can help people understand why they should care about climate change, and help motivate them to take action. The session will take participants through several scenarios that commonly occur when discussing climate change in the classroom or informal education setting. We'll also talk about how to engage the topic on social media.
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