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THE WHOLE TRUTH ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE: WWF AND NORTHERN ARCTIC FEDERAL UNIVERSITY LAUNCH A NEW EDUCATIONAL PROJECT

06 february 2019
In the Russian part of the Barents region, a project is being launched to raise awareness of climate change. This is a joint project of WWF-Russia, WWF Germany and the Northern (Arctic) Federal University.

The three-year project provides for preparation and dissemination of relevant scientific information on climate change for teachers, schoolchildren, students, youth and all those interested in it in Arkhangelsk, Murmansk Regions and Nenets Autonomous Region. The regions were chosen due to the fact that climate change trends are most noticeable in the Far North. The audience will reach at least 15 thousand people.

"Today, global warming has a serious impact on the nature of the Arctic, its biological diversity, and on people's lives, fr om health to farming and infrastructure maintenance. Nevertheless, the inhabitants of the Arctic regions generally do not understand the essence, causes and consequences of climate change. Many believe that climate change is a myth or a natural phenomenon wh ere human activity is not important. This is not surprising, because there is a lot of contradictory information, which is often difficult to understand," says the Head of Arkhangelsk office, WWF-Russia Barents Ecoregion Programme, Andrey Shchegolev.
Climate change impact on Arctic
(c) Maxim Deminov

Schools, universities and environmental NGOs will provide information on climate change for the young generation. The project involves the development of interactive school lessons, lectures at universities, regionally customized online programs, courses for teachers, and meetings with leading climate scientists. In addition, an Internet platform will be created, which will collect relevant and evidence-based information on climate change.

A major role in this project plays NARFU n.a. M. V. Lomonosov. 

"Since 2012, the University has been training hydrometeorologists, and a significant part of their curriculum covers climate change and adaptation of environmental management to changing conditions. Employees of the Department of Geography and Hydrometeorology participate in the International Pan-Arctic Climate Forum (PARCOF-1), organized by the World Meteorological Organization in cooperation with the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute and the European Regional Climate Center to improve the description and prediction of climate, and bringing this information to the end user. For more than 70 years, the university has been involved in the training of subject teachers in the field of natural sciences, maintaining contacts with teachers and lecturers of the European North and the Arctic. There is also an ECO-University in NARFU, one of the goals of which is to spread knowledge about climate change among the people," says associate Professor of the Department of Geography and Hydrometeorology of NARFU, Candidate of Geographical Sciences, Nikolai Kondratov.
"Our project does not go beyond education and enlightenment, bringing scientific data to the population in an understandable form, but knowledge also has some capital and practical value. People who understand the climate problems and have the right idea of how important the anthropogenic factor is in the process of climate change, are not only are more erudite, but also make the right decisions, and in absolutely various spheres, from buying clothes to building a new enterprise", comments Climatologist and Director of the Climate and Energy program of WWF-Russia, Alexey Kokorin.
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Press Officer of Archangelsk Ecoregional Office
Head of Forest program Office