What do mid-latitudinal countries people know about polar regions issues? What should we do to raise awareness?

Theme 4. Education
Session Name 4.11 Education and capacity building about Polar regions through science: Tools, resources, and lessons engaging in education, outreach, and communication
Datetime Sep 07, 2018 02:05 PM - 02:25 PM (UTC +3)
Presentation Type Oral
Presenter Meric Karahalil
Author(s) Meric Karahalil (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey), Burcu Ozsoy (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey)
Abstract text

What are the differences between northern countries to mid-latitude countries regarding efforts on climate change? There is a saying “ What happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic!”. Then why do not all nations work harder to raise awareness? What should be priorities for this aim and why? There are too many questions and we are running out of time. Even most people have a chance to get an answer what is going on and what should be done individually, there are few people really interested in these issues. One of the worst things about human nature is people are getting used to news and not really care till natural disasters happen to their neighborhood. Just a few people in the world know about polar regions issues that even well-educated people do not really have an idea; how it affects the planet and its people. Peoples living in mid-latitudes countries do not observe the changes as northern countries indigenous peoples. And as it mentioned in the abstract call that today’s people are struggling to understand climate change, global warming, etc. Are teaching programs adequately planned for students to understand what is happening in Polar Regions? Providing students with the perspective and skills to address these challenges requires instructional approaches such cinematographic images and clips and methodology currently being utilized to educate regarding Polar Regions issues.

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