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Please choose one of the following four questions to address in your artwork. Each question is followed by a brief discussion to get you started.

1. How might your family be affected in the future by a changing climate?
Climate Change (or Global Warming) is often thought of as a problem happening far away. However, you and your family are most likely already feeling some of the effects of climate change. You should consider the ways your family will be impacted by climate change in the future.  Eight global warming effects that may surprise you - a brief eight-slide presentation that will expand your concept of climate change impacts in Massachusetts. Some of these impacts are more direct than others, but all are worth considering.

2. What are you doing to help stop climate change?
Solutions to the problem of Climate Change (or Global Warming) are often thought of as elusive or impossible.  However, if given the opportunity, you can see that people and communities are doing things right now that represent a lower carbon and more sustainable future.  You should consider what actions they can take to prepare for the impacts of climate change as well as consider how you can help reduce the amount of carbon emissions we pump into the atmosphere. You will want to review the array of adaptation and mitigation strategies identified within Climate Change Facts: Answers to Common Questions.

3. How do scientists know the climate is changing?

The history of scientific research is rich and interesting. Since the late 19th century, scientists have been gathering evidence about a warming earth. To date, the preponderance of evidence collected strongly indicates that the earth’s climate is warming due to human activity. More specifically, our society’s use of fossil fuels for energy has thrown an abundance of heat trapping carbon gases into the atmosphere producing a greenhouse effect. Lines of evidence include: 800,000 year old ice cores, military research into carbon’s heat trapping properties, carbon cycle, ocean chemistry, migratory changes, and much more. A Google search on “lines of evidence for climate change” will produce an array of high quality websites to explore and identify a line of evidence that is particularly important to you.

4. How are some of the animals in New England being affected by a changing climate?
As previously mentioned Climate Change (or Global Warming) is often thought of as a problem happening far away and affecting animals in other continents.  However, some animals in New England are already feeling some of the effects of climate change.  You should consider the ways animals living in New England are being impacted by climate change.  You will want to review The New New England.