We were excited that Gabe Filippelli joined us for the morning. Gabe is professor of Earth Sciences at IUPUI, Director of their Center for Urban Health, and generally one of Indiana's best educators about climate change. He's also a great sport. He didn't even flinch when I told him that he'd be presenting in the yurt at White Pine Wilderness Academy, where Climate Camp was held.
I've seen lots of presentations by Gabe over the years, but when I told him I could set up a projector in the yurt, he declined in lieu of doing something interactive.
|Gabe brought campers into an interactive game where they formed CO2 molecules.|
|The more CO2 in the atmosphere, the harder it is for ultraviolet radiation to escape into space. This is commonly known as the Greenhouse Effect and is key to understanding climate change.|
|Gabe was at camp for about two hours, answering all the questions our campers had.|
|Maddie, left, and Iris talk about some of the amazing people they met in Iowa City.|
|Some images from the Climate Reality slideshow, which ties carbon pollution to a warmer planet and thus, to extreme weather events.|
|Maddie explains this animation from Polar Bears International that indicates the rapid decline of ice in the Arctic.|
Speaking of food, we enjoyed vegan pizza from Ezra's Enlightened Cafe.
|Brothers Leo and Aidan show off an Ezra's pizza.|
Matt Shull owns and operates White Pine and one of his specialties is edible plants. Here he is talking about how the white pine tree has many edible parts.
This then launched our walk which quickly became a rain soaked instruction on what to eat — and what not to eat — when it comes to nature's bounty.
|Amos, Ocean, Hannah eye the luscious leaves of the honeysuckle, an invasive.|
|There was no stopping them from exploring this puddle.|
|Maciah demonstrates that at Climate Camp, we enjoy nature.|
|Carter came well equipped.|
|Iris, Sam and Betsy dry out from the walk.|