Bringing to life the impact of climate change on the food system and the role we play at the intersection of climate, food, and agriculture, the Climate Science and Food Systems Traveling Trunk is now available!
Agriculture plays a prominent role in San Diego, holding significant economic, cultural, ecological, and historic value. As our climate changes, these agricultural lands are increasingly threatened by the climate impacts of extreme temperatures, more variable precipitation, drought, and wildfire. Despite these challenges, agricultural lands hold significant potential to offset our carbon impact while advancing climate smart actions.
The newest Climate Kids Traveling Trunk, Climate Science & Food Systems, is designed to help students gain a better understanding of how climate change is impacting the food system on a regional level, how climate-smart agricultural practices can help offset the impacts of climate change, and the role we play at the intersection of climate, food, and agriculture. The hands-on science activities, storytelling, and art materials in this trunk specifically target K-12 grade students based on Next Generation Science Standards. This trunk will bring to life the importance of the carbon cycle and photosynthesis, help students investigate the role climate change plays in plant cultivation, and understand the suite of climate-smart agricultural practices that help sequester carbon in the soil and offset the impacts of climate change. Lastly, students will work to develop their own solutions to help reduce impacts of climate change in our community and help support a thriving food system.
The Climate Science and Food Systems Traveling Trunk is available for check out at the San Diego Natural History Museum Loan to You Program. This trunk was made possible with support from San Diego Gas and Electric and their 2019 Environmental Champions Grant. As part of this grant, the Climate Science Alliance will continue to support our partners and other local stakeholders to support outreach and develop educational materials for our community exploring the intersection of climate, food, and agriculture.
To learn more about this work and our Resilient Roots Program, please visit: www.climatesciencealliance.org/resilient-roots