Student journalists report on climate change

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More than 1,000 young investigative journalists from 48 schools have worked together to help map the climate change concerns of local communities.

The London Science Museum invited schools to submit a piece of investigative journalism about climate change in their area, uncovering issues from river pollution to community opposition to wind farms.

The work was then pulled together into a publication called ATMOS to offer a snapshot of UK environmental issues from a student’s point of view.

It is all part of the Science Museum’s Climate Science Outreach Project, a three-year project designed to engage students aged 13 and 14 using science communication to explore climate change. An exhibition of the journalism is currently on a nationwide tour until July 9.

Dani Williams, the Science Museum’s outreach projects co-ordinator, said: “The work is impressive in its quality and scope; the breadth of issues covered; the depth of understanding and the over-riding acceptance of personal and collective responsibility for addressing environmental issues. 

“The outreach scheme aims to increase young people’s understanding of climate science and inspire them to become climate change ambassadors in their schools or communities.”

The exhibition is currently at the Science Museum in London until Saturday (June 30) and will be at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry between July 4 and 9.

The exhibition opened at the Science Museum at the same time as the new Climate Changing Stories display, which presents historical objects and art that showcases the human capacity to adapt to our ever-changing environment.

Visit www.sciencemuseum.org.uk.

CAPTION: Press pack: Students from Bedale High School in North Yorkshire take a look at the first editions of ATMOS (inset), in which their climate change articles were featured


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