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I nternational action on GLO bal w arming

I nternational action on GLO bal w arming. An ASTC project in the frame of the International Polar Year (2007-2009). WHY IPY?. Largest science communication effort since a long time. Why Global Warming ?. Poles will show rapid dramatic changes because of Global Warming

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I nternational action on GLO bal w arming

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  1. International action on GLObal warming An ASTC project in the frame of the International Polar Year (2007-2009) 13 September 2006

  2. WHY IPY? • Largest science communication effort since a long time 13 September 2006

  3. Why Global Warming ? • Poles will show rapid dramatic changes because of Global Warming • Research on the Poles give evidence about climate history • Universal and International by nature • Still some ideas of discovery and adventure 13 September 2006

  4. It is here and now, and for long. • The vision of the scientists. • Human activities are releasing greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere, they already changed the climate. Models predict rise of temperature up to 5° Celsius by 2100. That will have an effect on global environment. • We will have to adapt to that new situation, but options to limit emissions are available on short and medium term. (Numerous documents support this) • The UNFCCC reports • The science academies • The University of California Study. 13 September 2006

  5. The political response. • The Kyoto protocol. • Not all countries have signed. • G8, Scotland (July 2005). • Long term action plan • Technological solutions depending on free market laws only • EU plan, June 2006 • “You control climate change” 13 September 2006

  6. Unexpected supporters for stronger and immediate action. • « The policy of the public authorities, leaving the technical solutions to the free market is not going to work. Regulations are necessary ». Vice-president of Shell. • Independent on Sunday, September 2005. • « It’s heat to act against global warming ». • BP, advertisement campaign world wide October 2005. • California initiative in August 2006. 13 September 2006

  7. IGLO The ASTC response 13 September 2006

  8. The « IGLO » principles. • 1. Strong dissemination of the science behind the global warming mechanisms. • 2. Innovative tools for ASTC members to show the phenomena and document discussion and debates. • 3. Consider outreach activities. • 4. Large consortium to ensure visibility beyond the field and increase resources. • 5. Use of ICT for communication and management • 6. Creation of a scientific and Honor Committee • 7. Important media partnership. • 8. Debate on the scope of social action. • 9. Raising the profile of ASTC and its members as recognized leaders in PUST 13 September 2006

  9. Project idea • Creating basic common tools. Mainstream activity. • Citizens participation. (picture collection). • Demonstration activities • The Toronto conference • The South Pole “reality web cast” • Closing conference and evaluation • The dissemination of results 13 September 2006

  10. The IGLO toolkit • All types of media for all types of audiences • Free accessible • Evolving during the project • Common activity • Including scientific documents • Including citizens experiments 13 September 2006

  11. A sunny day in 1959 in the Alps.How does the same place look like today? 13 September 2006

  12. Inspired by scientific research. Sea level changes in Venice “Archaeometry” based on Canaletto's paintings 13 September 2006

  13. Is it possible to “see” the sea level, as it was in the past? Before Canaletto (1697-1768), artists made a quick draft on the site, and then concluded paintings in their studio, including many imagined. Following the ideal of Realist Art and in the need of money to keep up his standard of life, Canaletto and his nephew Bellotto (1720-1780) used a quick way to produce paintings using a camera obscura on the site. Camera obscura tent-model 13 September 2006

  14. Was Canaletto really reliable in his paintings? Canaletto was very accurate in every detail, as it can be recognised in two ways: (1) Superimposing his paintings to modern pictures, (2) looking at details, e.g. architectural features, black crusts on buildings He had excellent sight and wrote: “I, Zuane Antonio Canal, …. drew this painting aged 68, without glasses, A.D. 1766” 13 September 2006

  15. 1.To test the accuracy of each painting 2. To analyse buildings with no major restorations Comparing the camera obscura with the photographic camera 13 September 2006

  16. The picture sculpture • Create thousands of stories about climate change. • Condition is that members invite people to come for an event in the science centre and have a scientific conference on what is « change » and scientists that discuss the stories with the people. • BU-MIT and Cambridge science festival. • Demonstration for the rest of the planet • Collect them and create a sculpture at the 5SCWC. 13 September 2006

  17. The demonstration activities • A continent based competition between ASTC members. • Choose a spot where an illustration can be made of the effects of global warming. • Propose an intervention idea including: • Experiments for demo’s • Scientific conference • Activities with local population • Participation of celeb’s • Web cast. • Arrange media attention for it from the partnership cooperation. 13 September 2006

  18. Example of a potential intervention spot: Tuvalu island, 11.000 climate refugees in two generations. 13 September 2006

  19. Tuvalu, the first place on Earth to disappear 13 September 2006

  20. The Toronto 5SCWC • A pre-conference activity based: • on the picture sculpture • A debate on science communication: lessons learned from the action. • YALE and ICLEI initiative (4 October 2007). • Discussion about the limits of science centre action • A plenary session on the future of the planet, both scientific and focused on large media attention. 13 September 2006

  21. The reality web cast • 25 youngsters from 5 continents will spend 5 days on the sixth continent. • Contacts with researchers and learn about the link between polar research and climate change. • Face the most clear examples of the CC effects. • Be in contact with schools world wide through the web to share their experience • First video/web cast during the ASTC conference 2008. 13 September 2006

  22. The dissemination of results. • Presentation of the general outcomes of the project and IPY • For the members • For the network • For the understanding of the science behind • For the understanding of our role • What was the scientific contribution of IPY • Did we make a difference (Pilot Projects) 13 September 2006

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