Changing Planet Receives RNRF's 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award
Changing Planet is the recipient of the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation's 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award. The award recognizes a project, publication, piece of legislation, or similar concrete accomplishment in the natural resource fields.
Changing Planet is a 20-part online video collection produced by NBC Learn in partnership with the National Science Foundation and Discover magazine. It addresses the effects and repercussions of a warming planet and what individuals may do to address the issue. The collection includes 17 short documentaries featuring the latest scientific research on climate change. Three town hall events are also featured, with individuals from science, academia, business, politics, and media gathering to discuss and identify innovative solutions to climate-related issues that affect our daily lives. The town hall meetings convey to viewers three critical aspects often overlooked concerning climate change, namely the universality of the issue, the potential for economic innovation and growth, and the pending natural resource issues we will face as a result of climate change.
Changing Planet is an outstanding effort to maximize public accessibility and participation to promote public awareness and understanding of climate change issues.
The videos and town hall events that make up the series were scheduled, aired, and released throughout 2011. NBC Learn has made the series available free online nationwide. It can be accessed at www.nbclearn.com/climate and http://science360.gov. Accompanying the series are lesson plans and activities for classrooms created by the "Windows to the Universe" project team at the National Earth Science Teachers Association.
The award will be presented at the annual meeting of the RNRF Board of Directors on October 30, near Great Falls in Potomac, MD.
RNRF is an I.R.C. §501(c)(3) nonprofit, operating foundation, founded in 1972. It is a consortium of scientific, professional and educational organization whose primary purpose is to advance science, the application of science, and public education in managing and conserving renewable natural resources. RNRF’s member organizations recognize that sustaining the Earth’s renewable resource base will require a collaborative approach to problem solving by professional, scientific, educational, design and engineering disciplines.