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|Ocean acidification dry ice demonstration. (Photo: NOAA)|
Climate change will bring economic and environmental challenges as well as opportunities, and citizens who have an understanding of climate science will be better prepared to respond to both (Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Sciences, 2009). Our quality of life and, ultimately, our survival are dependent on our “climate literacy” — our ability to understand, predict, and adapt to the reality of a warming planet (learn more about ocean and climate literacy here). The sanctuary system looks to enhance climate literacy by working with a wide variety of audiences. For example, marine sanctuary staff is able to bring climate sciences into the K-12 classroom and after-school opportunities with hands-on activities, such as these ocean acidification materials.