Climate change in the polar regions affects us all. It is easy to be despondent about the state of our melting ice, so Voices for Nature is running a creative and up-beat forum theatre event for families at the University of Oxford Museum of Natural History Museum on 31st May 2018. The aim is to help young people (ages 9-13) learn together about the science of climate change in the polar regions, to inspire them to care and to empower them to make changes to life style which can help reduce climate change impacts.
The event runs from 11.00 – 14.00. Before lunch we will be learning about the polar regions and climate change through exploring exhibits, talking to scientists and with the help of a specially scripted video .
After lunch, we will convene a Planet Parliament facilitated by ‘The Wise One’ (Dr Felix Padel, Oxford University anthropologist). Continuing the story of the Last Snowflake, participants need to find solutions to climate change in the Arctic and Antarctic regions and convince the Last Snowflake to return to our earth.
In addition to polar exhibits which are part of Oxford University Museum of Natural History’s collection, there will be a unique exhibition of plant specimens from the arctic region belonging to the Oxford University Herbaria collection. Drawing and mask-making activities will keep younger family members happy and contributing to the forum theatre performance.
Here is a The Last Snowflake Presentation for parents attending (and any participants who want to prepare). Unfortunately the climate change impacts are dire and there is no disguising the facts.
The event is free but you need to book as numbers are limited.
Other useful free educational resources on:
Climate change – UK Key Stages 2 and 3
Polar regions – for young primary age children
All you ever wanted to know about penguins – an impromptu interview by penguinologists from Oxford University for World Penguin Day 2017.
Be a penguinologist and a citizen scientist!