Curious Climate
Curious Climate

Our new cartoon guide, illustrated by Rosie Murrell, answers children's questions about climate change, and what we can do about it.

The guide shows two young characters explaining what's going on with climate change, and how it impacts Australia and the world. They also talk about wellbeing and the actions we can take ourselves to make change that is both local and globally important.

Printed copies will be available for classes from Term three, 2024.

The Curious Climate Schools team analysed questions submitted by children in 2021-22, and found that 40% of children's questions focussed on climate action. While the climate change burden facing young people is inherently unfair, they have the potential to be the most powerful generation when it comes to creating change. Read more about our research in The Conversation or find the full paper in One Earth.

We're excited to be part of the 2024 Youth Climate Leaders Program, which kicks off in March with conferences in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie. Teachers and young people can find out more and sign up here.

Kim Beasy, Chloe Lucas, Gabi Mocatta, Gretta Pecl and Rachel Kelly reviewed the new Australian curriculum for The Conversation.

Curious Climate and Curious Climate Schools are not just engagement projects - they're also important research helping us to understand best practice for science communication.

We've recently published several journal articles, as well as some pieces in The Conversation. And there are more articles on Curious Climate Schools currently in peer review, so watch this space!

Kelly, R., J. Nettlefold, D. Mossop, S. Bettiol, S. Corney, C. Cullen-Knox, A. Fleming et al. 2020. Let’s talk about climate change: Developing effective conversations between scientists and communitiesOne Earth 3(4): 415-419.

Murunga, M., G. T. Pecl, E. M. Ogier, P. Leith, C. Macleod, R. Kelly, S. Corney, I. E. Van Putten, D. Mossop, C. Cullen-Knox, S. Bettiol, P. Fox-Hughes, C. Sharples, and J. Nettlefold. 2022. More than just information: what does the public want to know about climate change?. Ecology and Society 27(2):14.

Nettlefold, J. and Pecl, G.T., 2022. Engaged journalism and climate change: Lessons from an audience-led, locally focused Australian collaborationJournalism Practice16(1), pp.19-34.

The Curious Climate Team have won a suite of awards in the last few months, including the Australasian Green Gowns Award for Benefitting Society, and the University of Tasmania Vice Chancellor's Award for Engagement.

Chloe Lucas also received a prestigious National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Award for Excellence in Science Communication, and a Tasmanian Tall Poppy Award for her work on Curious Climate Schools.

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