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Far from Frozen teaches visitors impacts of climate change

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 13/06/2019

The impacts of climate change are evident around our country but many are unaware of just how big this issue is, and the extent of climate changes impact worldwide.

The “Far from Frozen” Exhibition by the Otago Museum and University of Otago from New Zealand is teaching visitors about climate change on a global level, focusing on its effects on Antarctica and the following chain reaction that affects Tonga as well.

Climate change has been the center of global discussions in recent years and for many around Tonga the effects are visible in coastal erosion, and sea level rise.

Seeing only these impacts on Tonga, it can be hard to see the bigger picture, and understand just how these events are occurring on a global level.

With the “Far from Frozen” Exhibition many Tongans, particularly school students, an interactive experience about climate change with a focus on Antarctica and how the impacts of climate change there can cause a chain reaction around the world which can be devastating for small low lying islands like Tonga.

Craig Grant – Director of Science Engagement at Otago Museum says this is great exhibition for the public particularly the school children who are the future generations that will be the most impacted by climate change if it is not stopped.

Grant says the exhibition was designed to be a hands-on experience for visitors, to demystify the science around climate change.

Students from primary schools to secondary schools visit the exhibition each day. Speaking to a few of the students this morning, many of them were impressed by the exhibition and the new information they were able to learn.

“They’ve talked about it in class, the greenhouse gases and stuff, but like all the activities here are making me understand it more.”

“We are so excited here cos we learn more about our environment, how climate change happens and everything in this world that Tonga experiences about climate change.”

However, it wasn’t all about the impressive facts on Antarctica and climate change, some were just excited about the simpler things.

“So cool, we like learn about Antarctica, we see the pictures, penguins and it’s cool.”

This educational and fun exhibition is open to public at the Taufa’ahau Tupou IV Domestic Wharf and will close next week on Monday June 17th.

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