There are several places noted in this narrative where you may want to adapt the content to your own institution or region.
Here are some notes to keep in mind when crafting content for each of these sections of the narrative:
Impacts of a changing system:
- What impacts of climate change are affecting your local community now, or what impacts are projected for the future?
- If your institution is not located near the water, you can emphasize how the local climate is still affected by changes in the ocean, as part of the system. Think about how you can bring reference to an exhibit. Identify the impacts that location or habitat is facing to make it relevant to visitors at your institution who are observing that exhibit.
- Try to focus on one specific impact rather than a broad selection of impacts. Keep the discussion of impact as straightforward as possible.
- Avoid a crisis tone which can make your audience feel that the problem is too big and there is nothing we can really do about it, so why bother?
- Make sure that you have linked the impact clearly to the cause of climate change (burning of fossil fuels). This will allow you to make a strong case for why your presented solution (reduction of fossil fuel use) will help to alleviate that impact.
- Think about examples of fossil fuel reduction solutions that are relevant to your institution or region. Is there a municipal or state renewable energy initiative in your area? Does your institution use alternative forms of energy for part or all of your operating needs? Is there an opportunity for local residents to participate in a renewable energy initiative through your local energy company or via civic action?
- Think about ways to scale up what you are asking visitors to do to be a part of the solution. For example, rather than suggesting they ride the bus instead of driving their car to work, ask them to support local initiatives to improve access for all citizens to use public transit.
- Make sure the solution is accessible to visitors. Asking everyone to trade in their vehicle for a hybrid or electric model is probably unrealistic. Asking them to support initiatives to improve public transit options in their community is more achievable.