New card for Teaching Climate Change campaign

Today I agree with the Pope! We need to address man made climate change to save our one wonderful world.

Climate change card front.  © Agnes Becker / we are stardust 2015

I am pleased to announce the final design for Teaching Climate Change – the crowd sourcing campaign aiming to develop lesson plans about climate change for teachers to use in schools I mentioned a couple of blog posts ago. The campaign is being run by Things We Don’t Know, a non-profit organisation aiming to explain the questions scientists are trying to answer right now, how they’re doing it, and why we haven’t been able to do so already.

My cards are incentives for this campaign:

  • Donate £5 and you get 1 card
  • Donate £15 and you get 5 cards
  • Donate £25 and you get 8 cards
  • Donate £50 and get a bargain bundle of goodies

There are many more incentives on the campaign website. We need to raise much more money (currently at £304 out of £2000) so please spread the word!


Tricky climate change cards

These cards were hard to design. Climate change messages are full of doom and gloom, a sentiment one doesn’t usually want to send with a greetings card! Eventually we came up with the idea of celebrating the wonderfully diverse world we live in and how we need to save it before it disappears.

The text on the front, “1,200,000 species” refers to the number of species we currently know. However, it has been estimated that there are around 8,700,000 species on our planet, most of which we don’t know about. The scientific paper [1] which led to this conclusion showed that 86% of species on Earth and 91% species in the ocean still await discovery and description! The card will give some information about this on the inside (or on the back, haven’t decided yet):

Things We Don’t Know: How many species are there? We have only discovered around 1,200,000, or 1.2 million, species so far, but our best estimate for the total number of species in the world is 8.74 million. This figure is based on making predictions from what we know already about the discovery of different groups or ‘branches’ on the tree of life.*

*The figure excludes bacteria as we don’t have the historical data to make accurate predictions.

I love this as it links to the aims of Things We Don’t Know.


Read more about these species predictions:

  1. Open access paper: Mora C, Tittensor DP, Adl S, Simpson AGB, Worm B (2011) How Many Species Are There on Earth and in the Ocean? PLoS Biol 9(8): e1001127. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001127
  2. BBC article: Species count put at 8.7 million

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