Ryan: “How do you make climate change relevant to high school students?”
That’s the question that Finn Ryan, at the Wisconsin Media Lab, set out to answer.
The result is a collection of multimedia stories. For example, how warmer temperatures are affecting the annual American Birkebeiner cross country ski race in Hayward, Wisconsin.
Ryan: “And this really made it a way for a teacher to say, ‘Well, here is something that is happening in our community,’ and then the students know about that and they start to think, oh, well, there’s less snow, how does that impact this event?”
Even students who do not cross country ski, or Birkie as it’s called by locals, can relate the changes in snowfall to their own experiences, such as with snowboarding.
Other stories describe the impacts of global warming on maple sugaring and fly fishing — traditional Wisconsin activities that bring home the relevance of climate change.
Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.