THE LAST TROPICAL GLACIERS
Using new immersive educational technologies to improve climate literacy.
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“In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught.”
Baba Dioum, Senegalese Environmentalist, 1968
Climate Change Education
The Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) describes education as one of the best solutions to improve climate literacy, enabling climate action and adaptation.
This project aims to conceive experiences based on virtual reality (VR) 360 content, set in some of the most remote, extreme, and fast-changing environments on Earth.
By combining accessibility, adaptability and teamwork at its core, our project primarily targets the younger generation and is committed to opening their eyes and minds to the reality of climate change.
The Fastest-disappearing Glaciers
Our project will explore some of the last glaciers of Africa, found in the Rwenzori Mountains National Park, in Uganda.
So few have been able to visit these glaciers. Thanks to our VR experiences, we are making them accessible to all, no matter who they are and where they are.
The Rwenzori is the largest mountain range home to African glaciers. Because of its remoteness, its glaciers are the least studied in Africa. With the intense rainfalls of the region, the glaciers are the highest and most permanent sources of the Nile River.
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We aim to educate the world’s youth on climate change with the use of technology. In order to be accessible to all, our experiences will be designed for three different levels of technical requirements, each with varying degrees of immersivity and interactivity.
Encouraging positive climate action is our priority. At the end of every successful virtual field experience in the Rwenzoris, the participant will feel empowered and motivated to take some of the steps we will suggest to reduce his/her environmental footprint.
Our experiences will be disseminated through existing educational environmental networks and youth organizations.
A thorough evaluation of the use of this technology in climate change education will be conducted.
While in the Rwenzori Mountains National Park, we aim to contribute to the local glacier monitoring program by assisting local scientists, donating monitoring equipment and helping service existing instruments.