From the Arctic to Africa: How Climate Change is affecting the Health of our Planet

    Renowned experts say Science Centres can inspire a better understanding
    of Global Warming and Sustainability Issues

    TORONTO, June 18 /CNW/ - Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Inuit leader, Nobel Prize
Nominee, advocate/activist on Arctic climate change, and Dr. Mohamed Hassan,
executive director of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World,
described the dramatic effects of climate change in their respective regions
at the 5th Science Centre World Congress, taking place this week at the Metro
Toronto Convention Center.
    In their combined keynote speech, Planet Earth: Living on It, Changing It
and Sustaining It, Ms. Watt-Cloutier and Dr. Hassan spoke about the need for
more science centres to address sustainability and climate change within local
    "We need science centres in the North that present traditional knowledge
in equal partnership with Western science," said Ms. Watt-Cloutier. "Science
centres need to be defined by the community's priorities."
    Dr. Hassan outlined a four point plan of action suggested to encourage
scientific and technological innovation in Africa.
    "Each country should have at least one science centre and science centres
should expand their function to cover sustainability issues," he said. "We
should promote inquiry based science education in partnership with science
centres and become portals of innovation to solve real world problems."
    During the plenary session, CEO's from five science centres and the CEO
of Siemens Canada, Guenther Scholz, discussed how their institutions
demonstrate a commitment to social responsibility.
    "We must understand that business and the scientific community need to
work together to share that responsibility to shape the future, this is the
way we will be able to have a much bigger impact on society," said Mr. Scholz.
    For daily podcasts, summaries of the keynotes and plenary sessions and
more information on the 5SCWC schedule visit

    The Ontario Science Centre is hosting the 5th Science Centre World
Congress from June 15 to 19, 2008 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in
Toronto. Themed Science Centres as Agents of Change-Locally, Nationally and
Internationally, this is the first time the congress is being held in North
America. This triennial international event brings together CEOs and senior
decision makers from the world's leading science centres to discuss issues and
opportunities in the field, and the central role science organizations play in
increasing the public's engagement with science.

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