The main theme of this year’s 24th Polish Radio and the Copernicus Science Centre Science Picnic is “Climate and Us” – referring to the subject of climate change – of the most important challenges facing humanity today.
Contemporary science has been developing knowledge of climate change mechanisms, including global warming, for two centuries now, starting with works by Fourier and Tyndall, through hypotheses extended by Arrhenius and Milanković, to contemporary measurements using advanced equipment. A host of experts in the field gathered overwhelming evidence showing that human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are the key reason for the climate change we are experiencing these days. Since the 1950s, outstanding scientists have pointed out the dangers associated with the emission of carbon dioxide resulting from burning fossil fuels into the atmosphere. The first report concerning this issue was drawn up in 1965 and presented to then President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson. Since then, hundreds of reports have been and continue to be published, based on thousands of scientific publications – including detailed analyses carried out by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. They show not only the state of our knowledge about climate, but also point to the need to curb its further change and adapt to the changing living conditions on our planet, rooted in scientific evidence.
We hope that the participants of the upcoming Science Picnic will have an opportunity to learn facts about climate based on scientific research and understand the phenomena underlying its changes. Another important area concerns the measures put forth by scientific and technology communities to adapt the humanity to new living conditions and curb further warming of the planet. We want the visitors of the Picnic to become science ambassadors and to support climate solutions resulting from the work of scientists in their everyday lives.
To solve this difficult challenge, we should take advantage of the strength of the Picnic. For years, we have been working with you to find engaging ways of promoting science. We should pool our efforts and experiences to make sure that the subject of climate change is presented at the Picnic in a positive and motivating way. We should avoid scaring our visitors – instead, we should promote facts and show how much science can do to influence the future of our climate. Our society’s awareness of climate solutions concerning energy, industry, architecture, agriculture and medicine is still very superficial.
We should also take advantage of the power of the diversity of scientific disciplines presented at the Picnic. Let us show a broad context of climate change, based on research in the field of hard sciences, natural sciences and the humanities. Let us show climate through the eyes of a geologist, naturalist, physicist, as well as astronomer, mathematician, historian and psychologist! Every field gives us knowledge about how the climate of our planet has changed since the beginning of its existence, as well as our current understanding of the changes resulting from our activities.
You can count on full support of the programming team of the Science Picnic – feel free to consult your ideas and share your doubts with us. Let us join our forces to find topics and activities, which will make the programme of this year’s Picnic as amazing as always.