The Curious Climate Tasmania project has provided a series of new videos arising from public meetings held around the State last year, to help people find answers to their most pressing questions about climate change.
The Curious Climate Tasmania project is led by the University of Tasmania's Centre for Marine Socioecology in partnership with ABC Hobart and in collaboration with the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, and CSIRO.
Project co-lead Professor Gretta Pecl said the videos are specifically tailored for Tasmanian audiences, addressing both local and global impacts and changes.
“Tasmania is fortunate to be home to dozens of world-class scientists and researchers who are working on climate change,” Professor Pecl said.
“We wanted to give people the opportunity to tap into that local expertise and have their climate change questions answered.
“Rather than us turning up and talking about what we thought was important, we put out a call for questions and had a fantastic response from around the State.”
Professor Pecl said more than 200 climate-related questions were posed online through a collaboration with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and many more at the face-to-face meetings, which attracted vocal and engaged audiences.
“The local issues covered in the videos include what climate extremes Tasmania can expect, how sea level rise may affect the State, and how local food production might change.
“On a more global scale, the videos also address questions about what’s causing climate change, what we can do about it, worldwide climate impacts, and even how to communicate with people who don’t accept the science.
“There are many different sources of interesting and reliable information about climate change, but the difference with Curious Climate is that we asked Tasmanians what they wanted to know.
“We hope that by providing the answers at the face-to-face meetings and now through our online videos we can dispel some myths and help people to better understand what’s happening and why,” Professor Pecl said.
Funded by a National Science Week grant, with support from the Tasmanian Climate Change Office, the project aims to develop engaging, public-powered science communication, bridging the gap between experts and audiences on a controversial topic with credible and relevant information.