The New England Aquarium has received a $5.5 million National Science Foundation grant to lead a partnership formed to educate the public about climate change, the aquarium announced today.
The grant, which will be spread over five years,will go to the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation, which was formed to enable informal science education venues, such as aquariums and zoos, to “more effectively explain the complex processes of climate change,” the aquarium said in a statement.
“We are aiming to shift the dialogue about climate change to a tone that is interesting, positive and leads to a problem solving mind set,” said Bud Ris, president and chief executive of the aquarium. “The network’s challenge is to engage Americans in seeing themselves as part of the stories that they find in our exhibits.”
Other partners in the network include the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Monterey Bay Aquarium in California and National Aquarium in Baltimore.