Props may help to engage more visitors or occupy the attention of younger visitors while older visitors attend to the visualizations. Puppets or biofacts of animals found in wetlands are good matches for this narrative.
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 Sea Level Rise:
- What impacts of sea level rise are affecting your local community now, or what impacts are projected for the future?
- If your institution is not located near the water, try to refer to an exhibit that represents a species or habitat that is being impacted by sea level rise (e.g., marsh, intertidal, and talk about the impacts that location or habitat is facing from sea level rise)
- Try to focus on one specific impact rather than a broad selection. Keep the discussion of impacts explanatory; don’t stray into highly emotional terms.
- Make sure that you have linked the impacts of sea level rise clearly to the cause (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 those impacts.
- Think about examples of fossil fuel reduction solutions that are relevant to your institution or region. Is there a 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 a local 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.