Step 1: The Scenario
You are a prominent climate scientist. Your groundbreaking research results have been published in high-quality peer-reviewed journals, such as Science and Nature. You have been able to effectively share your research over the years at scientific conferences and in specialty books and articles. The challenge in front of you is to share your knowledge with the public.
Can you effectively communicate scientific research to the average person, unfamiliar with your field? A local newspaper, which has a well-read “Science and the Environment” section, has asked you to write a short article for their dedicated readers about how climate change affects bees.
The purpose of the article is to make the readers aware of the problem and convey a message that they can help. The newspaper suggested the title, “What is the buzz about climate change and bees?”
You will need to forget your well-polished scientific jargon and address your audience in everyday language if you are going to catch their attention.
Step 2: Craft Initial Post
In about 300 words, write your newspaper article addressing these three questions:
- What is known so far about bee declines (observed population declines and potential causes)?
- How might climate change affect bees (and other pollinators)?
- How will the decline in bees affect other species and ecosystems, including human-dominated/created ecosystems (i.e., agricultural systems such as crops)?