Educating on climate change impact on Arctic biodiversity: The case of Finnish Lapland

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 10:20 AM - 10:40 AM (UTC +3)
Presentation Type Oral
Presenter Stéphanie C. Lefrère
Author(s) Stéphanie C. Lefrère (The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, Finland)
Abstract text

We present to the public how a multilingual traveling exhibition « Climate Change in Lapland's Nature - What can we do? » has been used successfully since 2013 as a climate change educational tool. 

Studies by various Finnish research institutes show that the distribution of plants and animals has started to change in relation to climate warming. Southern species are expanding northwards while local species are declining. In the exhibition, scientific results related to the impact of climate change on animal and plant species characteristic of the Arctic are displayed in panels with the help of figures and graphs, along with photos, movies, slideshows and pedagogical quizzes. Stéphanie C. Lefrère gives lectures and workshops to schools on the impact of climate change on the biodiversity and on solutions that people can take daily to reduce their carbon footprint and help mitigate climate change.

School pupils have responded very positively to the exhibition and related lectures by writing essays and participating actively to workshops.

Key-words: Arctic, biodiversity, climate change, educational tool, exhibition, Lapland, lecture, mitigate, workshops.

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