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The Franklin Institute has created exhibits to increase public awareness and understanding of climate change science. Both the Electricity and Changing Earth exhibits, opened during 2010, offer opportunities for visitors to engage with science topics that impact daily lives.
Electricity has changed our lives, our cities, and our world. But technology has unintended consequenceswe are connected by the impacts of our electricity use, which are both positive and negative. It is time to develop a new relationship with electricity, one that is more balanced, in which we all take responsibility for not just the intended but also the unintended effects of electrical technology.
The Earth is always changing. Powerful forces shape our air, water, and land, and will continue to transform our planet. Past Earth was uninhabitable by people, which leads us to ask: Will we be able to live on the future Earth? We are racing to understand the changes we are making to our Earth; to develop ways to slow down some of the changes; and to live with changes we have created. Through education and action, we are able to make informed choices to live more sustainably on our planet. The choices we make today will affect our tomorrow.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0813135. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.