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Monash University

Climate Classrooms

Climate Classrooms

The Monash Climate Change Communication Hub (MCCCRH) conducts social research and leads impact focused projects to build media and policy infrastructure that ...

australia > VIC > both
01/02/2022 > 01/02/2023

FIELD OF INTEREST

  • Education & training
  • Environment conservation & climate change

TARGET POPULATION

  • Young people (6-25)
  • Women and girls

PROJECT SUMMARY

The Monash Climate Change Communication Hub (MCCCRH) conducts social research and leads impact focused projects to build media and policy infrastructure that adequately addresses climate change in Australia.

MCCCRH research shows that Australians find it much easier to engage with climate science if local impacts and explanations are used to illustrate the science.

In collaboration with Cool Australia, a leading non-for-profit organisation providing teachers with dedicated teaching resources, and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX), the MCCCRH want to develop evidence-based climate education materials for school years 7 to 12 that are relevant, curriculum aligned, and meet the needs of teachers.

Alongside partner organisations, our goal is to improve the climate literacy of over 2.5 million Australian students, providing pathways for the next generation into the Australian climate science community.

PROJECT OUTCOMES

Working in partnership with Cool Australia, the MCCCRH will deliver a range of curriculum-aligned, free-to-download educational materials on climate science tailored to meet the needs of teachers teaching Years 7 to 12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,) subjects.

With a focus on schools in four locations: Cohuna Secondary College, Kyneton Secondary College, Melbourne Girls College (Richmond, Melbourne) and Nossal High School, (Berwick, Melbourne), the materials produced will reference local impacts of climate change from trusted expert sources, which will have maximum impact in the
classroom.

Climate scientists, Cool Australia, MCCCRH and the National Environmental Science Program will work together to develop a suite of resources that are accurate, relevant, interactive and curriculum aligned. The resources will aim to increase the knowledge and
interest in climate science among year 7-12 STEM students, strengthening the teaching of STEM disciplines, providing students with pathways to engage with the Australian climate science community, and increase accessibility to relevant fields in tertiary education.

Profile of Monash University

Monash University

The Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub is a unique Australian research centre dedicated to improving public understanding of climate change through non-partisan, evidence-based communication initiatives.

By applying the research resources of Australia’s largest university to the world of climate communication and delivering carefully targeted messages to an audience of millions, we engage the silent Australians: people our own studies have shown are either indifferent to the issue of climate change or overwhelmed by a barrage of information.

Whether encountered in the nightly television weather segment or a local newspaper, each of our highly accessible programs delivers digestible climate information via trusted sources and outlets. This unique approach takes the politics out of climate change and delivers to the Australian public factual evidence that is able to empower individual responses to climate change.

As trusted brokers of climate science to the Australian media, we conduct our work in close partnership with Australia’s leading scientific institutions and media organisations including the CSIRO’s Climate Science Centre, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Seven West Media, as well as with governments across the country. Together, these efforts are rewriting the script on cut-through climate communication.

BUDGET BREAKDOWN

TOTAL BUDGET: $131,316
FUNDING
Funding sourceAmount
Monash University in-kind contribution$31,316
Funding gap (unconfirmed)$100,000
EXPENSES
Expense itemAmount
Research Assistant - 0.50 FTE for 12 months$81,462
Associate Professor David Holmes - 0.15 FTE$49,854

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