August 3rd, 2018
BY JORDAN SPENCE
ALPENA — At a recent Visualizing Climate Change workshop, it wasn’t the time for kids to think small.
The participants were encouraged to think of big answers to address climate change.
The program is one offered through the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and they partnered with the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative and Huron Pines.
Meag Schwartz, the stewardship initiative’s education coordinator, said there were a couple of components to the two-day program.
“Students are working hands-on with Legos and science on a sphere to see visual representations of the Earth as it changes,” Schwartz said. “They’ve each been tasked with building a city with industry specifications. So there’s a farming, fishing, shipping, tourism (town). Right now, they’re building their cities, then there will be a calamity and they have to build a solution related to climate change.”
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