May 092013

“What would mother earth say if she could speak?” The Alliance for Climate Education (ACE), a national nonprofit that presents dynamic climate change education programs may know. They’ll be sharing through its in-person multimedia presentation to the Art & Climate Transition (ACT) Festival in Groton on May 11th at 11 a.m. in the Vestry at the First Parish Church. The ACE presentation is one of many activities planned for the ACT Festival, which starts with a free community dinner and movie screening on Friday, May 10th, and a full slate of activities from 10-5:30 on Saturday May 11th.

The ACE presentation has been delivered to thousands of schools nationwide and more than 350 schools in New England since 2009. Pic Walker, Executive Director of ACE, said, “Climate change is one of the most complex challenges we”ve ever faced, and ACE firmly believes high school students around the country can play an important role in curbing its effects.”

While developed for high school students, the presentation is appropriate for middle school students through adults.

ACE”s trained educators present the latest climate science through an interactive multimedia assembly. The assembly features:

  • Animations that vividly bring climate change to life
  • Science from leading independent organizations, including the UN”s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, NASA, NOAA and more
  • Interviews with students who have worked on projects to curb climate change, such as conducting an energy audit at school
  • A vision of the future featuring fun and creative solutions, like a human-powered dance club

“We present peer-reviewed climate science in a way that’s more MTV than C-SPAN, connecting with youth in a fun and creative way,” said Daisy Pistey-Lyhne, ACE Sr. Educator in Washington, DC. “Through cutting-edge animation, music, text messaging, Facebook and other technology we make the science stick.”

Younger children are invited to create recycled art in the East Wing of First Parish Church during the ACE presentation (and all day, from 10-4 p.m.). Children will create individual trash-art mandalas and a group eco-mural using non-recyclable trash materials.