By Preeti, International Climate Champion, India and Madeline, International Climate Champion, USA
The National Institute of Oceanography
- Scientific proof of sea level rise needs to be communicated concisely and clearly to the general public, so that people realize that climate change is real and happening.
- In the presentation we wish that the topic of how climate change affects specific weather events in India, such as the Monsoon, was covered.
University of Goa
- The teachers’ refresher course on climate change was a good concept. We hope that such courses are more frequent and wide spread, so that teachers are motivated to spread the message of the urgency.
- We desire that climate change science be made compulsory in school curriculum in the future.
Goa Science Center
- Promotion of cartoons to convey the importance of climate change to a diverse audience through mediums such as newspaper competitions, billboards, etc.
- Exhibition of the British Council cartoons in other venues like slums, schools, and libraries would increase awareness.
- High pollution levels could be prevented by having presentations on the rich benthic biodiversity of the area for visiting tourists.
By A H Tehzeeb, International Climate Champion, Bangladesh
Today we visited National Institute for Oceanography (NIO) and Goa Science centre. We really liked both the places. In NIO, we learnt lots of stuff regarding ocean and climate change. And in the Goa Science Centre, we have seen several scientific interesting projects. Also we witnessed quite a number of wonderful cartoons at Goa Science Centre about climate change. Then we went for a river cruise, which was really fun with all the entertainment. Like other days today ended with the review of what we have done throughout the day.
By Md. Muhib Kabir, International Climate Champion, Bangladesh
We have passed our 3rd day in the camp. We went to the National Institute of Oceanography where we learned about the ocean science, impacts of climate change in ocean biodiversity and a lot more. Dr. Unnikrishnan took a session on sea level rising. He shared his knowledge with us, answered our questions. We were shocked to know that the net sea level raise of Diamond Harbor is 5.74 mm/yr. Land subsidence is the this area compared with other areas. After lunch we visited the Goa University where we learnt about how they are disseminating knowledge about environment, climate change to the teachers from different institutes. From the Goa University we went to the Goa Science Ccenter (GSC). We found the place very interesting. Theory of basic science was shown at GSC. Then we attended a cartoon exhibition there. The competition was arranged by British Council all over India. We found it more effective to raise awareness among the people. We watched a movie on climate change there. We went to a rocky beach where we learned about the effects of Climate Change on the marine Biodiversity. From GSC we went on a river cruise, which was really enjoyable. We had great fun there. We returned back to ICG around 8.30 pm and had our dinner. After dinner we had our day’s reflection session where we made a chart highlighting the relation with climate change from the places we visited and supplied suggestions. That was end of the 3rd day of the camp.
By Joanne Kotalawala, International Climate Champion, Srilanka
Today was a more relaxed day and we started off at 9.30am which was late compared to our previous day’s schedule. Our first visit was to the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), which was just a short drive from the International Center, Goa (ICG). At NIO the enthusiastic group of scientists eagerly shared with us the aspects of how the weather and monsoons are affected by ocean currents. They also shared with us how unusual phenomena have affected the weather conditions in the past (eg- El Nino) and the how these phenomena have impacted marine eco-systems. We then reported back to ICG where we were able to relax for awhile.
After lunch, we boarded the coach once again to visit Anjunam beach, where an NIO scientist was waiting to explain their research methods on benthic organisms. We were also privileged to observe gastropods which are commonly found in the area. From Anjunam beach we headed in to the Goa city to enjoy a cruise on the Mandovi river. Although the sunset cruise was missed, we were still able to enjoy the cruise on the lifeline of Goa, the Mandovi river. And thus ended Day 3 of the International Climate Champions Camp in Goa.