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Did you know that we/some aquariums have solar panels on our roof? {Start video}

In this video you can watch the installation of Seattle Aquarium’s solar panels taking place over the course of several weeks. You can see in the center of the screen that amidst the bustle of the city the appearance of the/our roof is slowly changing as each panel is added to the array. The Seattle Aquarium took this action for our ocean’s health by participating in a community solar (renewable energy) program with their local energy company.

Wait a minute…what do solar panels have to do with the water beneath us?

Scientists have discovered that burning fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas causes a serious problem called Ocean Acidification (OA). Now that we know about this problem, as concerned citizens, we have a responsibility to be a part of the solution, for future generations and for the health of the ocean.

Notes and Rationale:

This narrative introduces the frame element of Solutions right at the beginning, creating a hopeful frame and foreshadowing the importance of renewable energy. 

The talking point here cues the Value of Responsible Management, which research has shown to be an effective way of productively orienting people to ocean conservation as a social issue. 

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