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28 February 2014
Do you know what climate change is? Are you aware of how it will affect your life and local area? Are there any benefits to a green economy? Now, a series of podcasts produced by a University postgraduate student is helping people answer some of these questions and get to grips with the science behind climate change and its impact on people, resources and ecology.
The project, entitled ‘What everyone should know about climate change’ was produced by Kate Walker-Springett with help from Sarah Lee, both postgraduate students from the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at Cardiff University. The project consists of five podcasts, each covering a different aspect of climate change, summarised with a highlights video capturing the key points from the five podcasts.
Kate said: "Much of the literature surrounding the public perception of climate change indicates that material can be difficult to access or challenging to understand for the public".
"The majority of people are concerned about climate change but it is difficult to make climate change a reality given the time scales involved and a lack of awareness about the likely impacts of climate change on daily life. This is accompanied by a tendency towards a distrust of climate change predictions, in part due to the way climate predictions are phrased, for example the use of the term 'uncertainty'.
"So, we decided to make a set of podcasts that go behind the science, predictions and calls for action to help people better understand climate change. We hope that by making information as accessible as possible we can help overcome some of the barriers related to trust in science and politics, the need for action and awareness of climate change itself."
The podcasts feature short interviews with experts both academia, government and not-for profit organisations and were launched to mark Climate Week 2014; Britain's biggest climate change campaign. They were funded by Cardiff University's Community Engagement Team, the Climate Change Consortium of Wales (C3W) and Cynnal Cymru/Climate Change Commission for Wales.
Climate Change explained with Professor James Scourse (C3W & Bangor University) and Professor Ian Hall (C3W & Cardiff University): What do we know about how the climate will change, how do we know this and why can't climate change scientists be more precise in their predictions?
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Food and Water Resources with Dr Clive Walmsley (Natural Resources Wales & Climate Change Commission for Wales) and Peter Jones (RSPB & Climate Change Commission for Wales): How will climate change affect food and water resources production, what impact will this have on us and how might we adapt or mitigate for these?
Biodiversity and Climate Change with Dr Rhys Jones (Cardiff University) and Dr Tim Rich (National Museum of Wales): How will climate change affect our environment, can we do anything about this and what are the positive and negative consequences of this?
Young People and Climate Change with Hannah Prydderch (Co-Chair for Environment, Funky Dragon and Young Persons Representative on the Climate Change Commission for Wales, Management Committee for the Wrexham Youth Parliament) and Gary Jackson (Environmental Portfolio for Funky Dragon, Management Committee for the Wrexham Youth Parliament): How do young people feel about climate change and how we should tackle it?
Sustainability and a Green Economy with Peter Davies (Wales' Commissioner for Sustainable Futures and the Chair of the Climate Change Commission for Wales) and Kevin Anderson (University of Manchester; Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and the Climate Change Commission for Wales): How can we be more sustainable, as individuals and organisations, what is a green economy and who benefits and can we make a difference at the individual level?
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