i1: Large-scale public information campaign

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People do show increasing awareness and concern about climate change, but for many it is still something that does not always feel relevant on a day-to-day basis. To change this, we suggest a large-scale public information campaign. We suggest permanent postings in all forms (e.g. electronic display boards, hard copy posters) across the city (with a focus on the challenges the area is facing, any ongoing/proposed actions to tackle climate related issues, how people can get involved) as well as providing accessible informational material in all public spaces such as libraries etc. We also suggest the use of a permanent hub such as an open installation/exhibition in the city centre that can be used to showcase issues in the region/ongoing activities.  

Rationale
We need to make climate change more relevant for people by constantly reminding them of problems we face as a result of this crisis. If the issue feels personally relevant, people are more like to embrace changes (whether these are political, structural, or more personal e.g. changes in everyday behaviour). However, we should avoid only raising awareness of the threat. It is really important that any public awareness campaign also includes the (hopefully ambitious) plans that the region has to make its contribution to climate change mitigation and, crucially, showing people how they can get involved in a meaningful way, not only on the city level but also on the national level. Having a permanent installation/exhibition would not only attract citizens and visitors, but also school classes encouraging schools to place a greater focus on climate change in school education.

Responses to Suggestions:

1) School Education: I agree with Sam's suggestions though I suppose a lot of it is difficult to accomplish on a local level and would require changes to the national curriculum. I assume what could be realistically done on ta local level is that the council, maybe in collaboration with some civil society groups, prepares material that informs school children about what the city is doing in fighting the climate change and specifying how children can get involved in this. 

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Education in School

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Any information campaign should also be extended to schools. The Climate Emergency could be one of the defining features of our generation and it is important that it forms part of the curriculum. The City Councils should develop Green/Climate Education Policy. This does not simply mean having a lesson or short session on Climate Change, the Ecological Crises or Climate Breakdown it should go beyond this. A Green Education Policy should push the curriculum to be taught through a climate context - science should include the facts about causes, solutions, adaptations, etc., History should include discussion of the implications of processes such as colonialisation in Climate Change, history of the climate, etc. It is vital that children of all ages are made aware of the problems we are faced with and their socio-economic implications, as well as their history and the possible future.

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