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The Global Discussion on Global Sustainability: Where Do Science Centers Fit In?

How can science centers better catalyze public understanding and local action on climate change? Join us Sunday, October 19 for The Global Discussion on Global Sustainability: Where Do Science Centers Fit In? , a plenary moderated by Joe Palca, science correspondent for National Public Radio. Our panel of speakers will present findings from other fields of science communication that may have implications for this work.

Research scientist Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change will talk about how people make up their minds about climate change, what the barriers to free discussion and new learning are, and how public opinion is likely to change in the next two years.

Author/illustrator Lynne Cherry, author of numerous science books for young readers, will consider what children know, want to know, and are able to comprehend about climate change at different levels, and offer suggestions on how science centers might engage young audiences on this topic.

Urban planner Philip C. Myrick, vice president of the New York-based Project for Public Spaces and author of Public Parks, Private Partners, will explore how cultural institutions are fitting into community efforts to prosper sustainably and discuss potential leverage points and likely partners for science centers and other nonprofit organizations.

Visit our online conference planner for a complete listing of conference events and sessions.