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Sustainable Scotland: City science centers reach out to provide climate change education to communities across Scotland

Sustainable Scotland: City science centers reach out to provide climate change education to communities across Scotland

Glasgow Science Centre, Dynamic EarthIn Edinburgh, Aberdeen Science Centre and Dundee Science Centre have together formed the National Climate Campaign, which aims to bring the latest research and knowledge to Scots everywhere – especially those living in remote, rural or deprived communities who may be unable to visit in person or face barriers to accessing information and educational tools.

The campaign is supported by the Scottish Government and has already reached over 13,000 people this past year.

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The establishments first united under the banner ‘Scottish Science Centres Together for Climate’ during the COP26 summit last November.

The campaign was created to build on the legacy from the United Nations conference in Glasgow. It informs, inspires, and empowers a diverse audience to address the climate emergency and ensure that the climate change debate continues to be open.

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Nearly 100 events were held as part of this initiative. They were designed to make science more relatable to the general public and help students develop their science skills to better understand our world.

The four science centers offered tailored programmes to different groups in their locality, both within the walls of the centres and outside.

In Scotland, science centres have joined forces with Dundee, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Dundee to make climate change education more accessible to children and adults. Picture: Andrew Cawley

Stephen Breslin, chief executive of Glasgow Science Centre, said: “We set up the National Climate Campaign to ensure that there is a legacy of climate engagement left behind after COP26.

“We hope that by providing communities across Scotland with our knowledge and resources we can act as a magnet for climate engagement and help empower young people to make considered decisions and learn what climate change means for them.”

As part of the campaign, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children participated in visits.

A spokesperson for the charity said: “Having the opportunity to go to the Science Centre inclusive of travel and lunch was invaluable to the families, as travel and access to food are barriers that are often forgotten about when providing activities free of charge to the public.

The National Climate Campaign is a state-supported collaboration between the Glasgow Science Centre, Dynamic earth in Edinburgh, Aberdeen Science Centre, and Dundee Science Centre. It has reached more than 13,000 Scots. Picture: Majdanik Photography

“The visit to the centre allowed the children to broaden their horizons around science, a topic which has so many elements, but isn’t always understood.

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“Some of the children linked their school eco projects to the work at the science centre and shared this with the community team.

“The families expressed how much they enjoyed the experience, pointing out that they wouldn’t be able to afford the trip on their income and that both children and adults alike, learned so much and had a great day out.”

Environment minister Mairi McAllan said: “Young people have been among the strongest voices calling for urgent global action to address climate change.

“This campaign will make sure that young people in communities across Scotland continue to play a key role in our journey to becoming a net-zero nation, delivering a lasting legacy for COP26 and making their voices heard loud and clear.”

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