Visualizing Change’s researchers observed multiple live interpretations of this script in aquarium settings.
Observers found that this narrative was successful on three fronts—reinforcing a concern about fossil fuel consumption, building new knowledge about the centrality of oceans, and providing a core orientation to what is at stake and why the topics matter.
This narrative included several especially powerful images. Human Transportation, CO2 Accumulation, and Ocean Circulation were all memorable and effective learning experiences for visitors. The Climate’s Heart metaphor was also useful to people in thinking about the centrality of oceans to the planet and its overall climate patterns. Comments from visitors in post-interpretation interviews included:
“The ocean controls everything. The ocean affects everything else.”
“The ocean is the lifeline.”
“The water represents the blood and the water circulates around the earth and keeps everything good.”
“The warmer water from the equator is convected up to the north, and the cooler goes back down. It’s showing the heart is pumping the ocean waters around the globe, by convection currents. It’s warming everything up everywhere, isn’t it? Like she said about the UK, like the Gulf Stream keeps us warm.”