Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Now that Obama has taken most of their space funding away, NASA has found a new role

Funding info here. New role below: Brainwashing children with lies

For a long time, experts trying to raise awareness on the whole issue of global warming and climate change have failed to explain to children why it's important to save the planet. Reducing the most complex natural phenomena and interconnections down to a simple level, where most kids can make sense of them, is something incredibly difficult to do. A new website recently launched by the American space agency NASA finally provides children and adults alike with all the materials they need in order to understand how climate is changing, why, and what can be done about this.

The new website, which can be accessed here, is a companion to the agency's award-winning Global Climate Change site. But the new portal is a lot easier for kids to digest, in the sense that it contains fun games, age-appropriate language, as well as interesting animations that break down the most difficult aspects of global warming and climate change, allowing the little ones to follow them. This is of tremendous importance for the future of our race. If the next generation is not well-educated in these issues, then we could risk developing one that is just as careless and reckless as the current one. And nobody in their right mind wants that.

There are a number of features that visitors to the new site can take advantage of, including commandeering an interactive Climate Time Machine. This is a very powerful tool, because it has the ability to carry kids into the future, in worlds that were modeled based on the most accurate climate simulations in the world today. In addition to this, children also have the possibility to play a number of “green games,” including selecting the best possible scenario for the planet. Another section of the site gives children advice from climate-change scientists, who have been working almost non-stop over the past decades to raise awareness on the issue.

“The climate our children inherit will be different from what we as adults know today. Climate Kids aims to answer some of the big questions about global climate change using simple, fun illustrations and language kids can relate to, helping them become better stewards of our fragile planet. Students will learn basic Earth science concepts such as what the difference is between weather and climate, how we know Earth's climate is changing and what the greenhouse effect is,” the developer of the website's contents, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) expert Diane Fisher, explains. The site itself is a collaboration between the JPL Earth Science Communications Team, and the NASA's award-winning Space Place website.


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