Science Teachers for Climate Awareness (SciTCA)
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Science teachers have the knowledge base to understand climate change and the communication skills to explain it. We can be an important factor in increasing the community’s understanding of this most crucial issue.
The AIP (Vic Branch) Education Committee has established an initiative "Science Teachers for Climate Awareness" (SciTCA). The purpose of which is to raise the awareness of the voting public, starting with your teaching colleagues at your school, and then the parent body, and other community groups.
Presentations from Keith's Feb 2015 Science teacher conference presentations and Nov 2014 STAVCON
Note: At the Physics Conference and at STAVCON we only looked at the problems not the solutions. I suggest you also look at the 'Climate Science - The Good News' presentation for ... well the GOOD news! The second file below is mostly looking at the problem of communicating climate science against the backdrop of appaling media coverage of the issue (notably in 'The Australian'). The third file below is the presentation about climate science - it is rather large and unwieldy and I am planning to break it up into more manageable sections. Look back in a week or two for the new version!
These are the presentations from the VCE Physics, Chem and Biol conferences Feb 2015
The way Australia could become a climate leader instead of laggard by showing the world how we could achieve 100% renewable energy - based on the BZE ZCA 2020 report,
Sensible discussion of climate change action is severely hampered by very bad media treatment particularly from 'The Australian'. It consistently publishes grossly misleading articles read by many of the more 'influential' members of society. As science teachers we can do something to help counter this.
An intro to climate science
A brief document outlining the very important place of renewable energy as part of the solution to climate change.
A brief document outlining the reasons climate scientists are concerned that we are causing irreparable damage to the Earth's climate.
The following are from previous Stavcons and Science conferences.
How Australia could go to zero emission stationary energy in a decade - given the political will.
A presentation on why and how Australia can go to 100% renewable energy within a decade. Workshop A6 from the Physics Teachers' Conference.
A description of the science of climate change. Session B12 at the Physics Teachers' Conference.
How and why science teachers could play a key role in helping everyone understand the climate problem.
Can the world move to renewable energy in time to avoid a climate catastrophe? YES! But the question is will we?
A description of the science of climate change
This is just the first part of the Climate Science presentation dealing with some recent climate news and some 'denier' reaction to it.
SciTCA Climate Change Workshops
The SciTCA Committee has developed a package of a selection of PowerPoint presentations, booklets and information sheets. It also organises Climate Change workshops on this material. There have been five workshops so far. We are planning another for March next year 2013. Watch this space!
The presentations from the last SciTCA workshop, Climate Change for Science Teachers on 2 April 2012 are available for download from the box below. If you are interested in more on the BZE Zero Carbon Australia Plan you could look at 'Can the world move to renewable energy in time?' above - or click on this link to go to the Beyond Zero Emissions website
A document containing links to various websites referred to at the SciTCA Workshop. This document will be updated from time to time. This version 3 April 2012
This is Dr Graeme Pearman's presentation from the SciTCA workshop 2 April 2012
This is Prof Neville Nicholls's presentation from the SciTCA workshop 2 April 2012
This is Prof Peter Seligman's presentation from the SciTCA workshop 2 April 2012
The slides from Keith's looping power point from the SciTCA workshop 2 April 2012
To access materials from past workshops and conferences, see below for recent events or click here.for more
Department of Climate Change responds to Plimer's "Expelled" book
At the beginning of this year the IPA sent copies of Ian Plimer's very misleading book How to get expelled from school to all schools. It seems to have mostly died a well deserved death, but if it is still in your school library perhaps a copy of a recent document published by the Australian Government Department of Climate Change: "Accurate Answers to Professor Plimer’s 101 Climate Change Science Questions" should be placed with it. Click on this link to go to the Department's web page to download this document as well as some other good summaries of basic climate science from AAS, CSIRO etc.
STCA Workshop 19th March 2011
Dr Graeme Pearman's presentation at the March 19 2011 Science Teacher's Climate Change workshop
Dr Graeme Pearman's presentation on Pricing Carbon at the STCA Workshop 19 March 2011
Keith Burrows' presentation on the bad way in which climate action is often reported
Keith Burrows presentation on ways in which we can move to 100% renewable energy. Largely focuses on the Beyond Zero Emissions - Zero Carbon Australia plan available from the Beyond Zero Emissions link below.
This is the presentation given by Dan O'Keeffe, Vicphysics Teachers' Network. It is the same one listed on the next page as 'AIP Power Point'
The AIP (Vic Branch) Education Committee is concerned about the level of understanding by the community of the likely causes and implications of climate change and it feels that science teachers are well placed to address these concerns. This discussion paper considers possible roles that this web page, the Committee and science teachers in general could play. The Committee welcomes comment, discussion and feedback. These can be sent to the chair of the Committee, in 'Contact Us' at the top of the page.
A presentation on the claims of climate deniers. A typical presentation by climate denier Leon Ashby is considered and shown to be very misleading. His arguments are similar to most denier claims and so it is not necessary to have seen his particular document.
What do we say to climate 'sceptics'? This presentation suggests some answers to this question. It is important to remember the basic reasons for concern and not get too tangled in the confusion that deniers find it so easy to create. See also 'Could Climate Sceptics be Right?' in the next group. KB
A presentation on the physics of climate change from the sessions by Keith Burrows at the Physics Conference 2009. This is aimed at senior students but could be adapted to younger students by leaving out the more advanced slides.
A six page document outlining the basic science of the climate. It looks at the way the climate has changed in the past and the possible implications of our addition of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Keith Burrows
Presentation from all VCE science teachers conferences Feb 2011 on why we need science teachers to get involved in talking about climate change in the community. Keith Burrows AIP (Vic Branch) education Committee.
A presentation described at the STAV Feb 2010 teachers conferences by Keith Burrows AIP (Vic Branch) education Committee.
This is a presentation used at STAVCON 2009 and at the Feb 2010 teachers conferences by Keith Burrows on climate change sceptics. It contains answers to common climate denier arguments. It will be updated from time to time to deal with recent issues.