Saturday, February 11, 2017

Climate Science Saturday: Melting Ice Caps and Rising Seas

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Earth's climate is rapidly changing, and the impacts can be seen all around the world, with droughts, severe storms, coastal erosion, bleaching coral reefs, and so much more.

We see these effects, and our children do too! They see their favorite animals disappearing due to a loss of habitat or changing migration patterns. They see their lands changing as coastal erosion increases. They see beautiful coral reefs bleaching due to rising acidity and temperatures within the oceans.

It can be easy to feel overcome by the sheer weight of it all, and feel helpless as to what we can do to help. But even with all of these big things, there are ways that we can take control and have an impact! It all starts at home, with our kids, and in our communities.

So, what can we do? 

We can encourage a fire of passionate curiosity, experimentation, discovery, and the creative thinking of coming up with solutions with our children! Experiments like this, we can do at home to demonstrate the impacts of rising seas, changing oceanic currents, erosion, and changing habitats.

If you've got some extra time this weekend, and want to explore some of the impacts of climate change with your children, try this out! Encourage your children to come up with solutions to these problems. How can we decrease the impact of rising seas? How can we slow the process of melting ice caps? How can we monitor the changing migratory patterns of animals? How can we protect species that are threatened by loss of polar habitat?

Our future rests in the hands of our brilliant, passionate, and creative kids. Let's explore these realities with them, so we can help shape a better future for tomorrow.

Now, it's time to EXPERIMENT!





This first installment will involve an experiment you can do at home to investigate melting polar ice caps, and the impacts on rising seas, increased storm surges, coastal erosion, and changing oceanic currents. You can find the instructions for this experiment, along with a roll out gingerbread recipe at the link below.

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