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  • 1. Climate Change Global Warming Global Climate Disruption Glaciers Denialists Alarmists Political Polar Bears Carbon Dioxide Fossil Fuels New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
  • 2. What’s in a name?
    • Polar Palooza!-Stories from a Changing Planet
    • The Impact of Fossil Fuel Addiction on Plants and Animals
    • Hot Topic: Dialoging About Climate Change
    • Earth Hour Family Extravaganza
    • Roaring Oceans and Singing Icebergs: Taking Earth’s Pulse
    • BioBlitz: Discover Your Bosque
  • 3. What does the American public think about climate change?
  • 4. Yale’s Six Americas
  • 5. What does the scientific community think about climate change?
    • A Survey of over 3,000 Earth scientists found that 90% agree that mean global temperatures have risen and 82% say that human activity has made a significant contribution to this rise. Of the climate scientists surveyed, the responses were 96.2% and 97.4%. (January 2009, EOS 90(3):22-23)
    • Over 97% of climate scientists surveyed said average global temperatures have increased, 84% agree in human-induced warming, and 74% believes currently available scientific evidence substantiates these thoughts. (April 2008. George Mason University, STATS)
  • 6. Designing a program
    • Other considerations for New Mexico
      • 45.6% of the population are persons of Hispanic or
      • Latino origin (compared to 15.8% nationally)
      • 9.7% of the population are American Indian
      • New Mexico ranks as the 43 rd “poorest” state
    • Incorporate idea of
    • “ No Child (or Family) Left Inside”
    • Increase awareness of the biodiversity of the middle Rio Grande bosque
    • Link current and predicted impacts of climate change to local species
  • 7. What is a ?
    • The first BioBlitz was held in 1996 in Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Washington D.C.
    • BioBlitzes are used to bring together scientists and the public to establish baseline data about biodiversity of an area.
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  • 11.
    • The Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
  • 12.  
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  • 14. Changes from 2009 to 2010
    • Initiated partnership with Community Science Connections
    • Everything in English and Spanish
      • Advertising
      • Family Activities
      • Walks
    • Ice cream social
    • Linking with Earth Day
  • 15. Lessons Learned
    • Doom and gloom
    • Socializing time
    • for experts
    • Bugs versus birds
    • Earth Day as an
    • asset or burden
    • Salted caramel gelato