Climate Change Radio Programs

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This 4-part series explores the underlying concepts associated with carbon dioxide and global warming and uses unique metaphors to help Yolŋu understand these new and complex concepts and issues in a meaningful way. Yolŋu Matha with some English

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Yolŋu Matha with some English

This 4-part radio series explores the underlying concepts associated with carbon dioxide and global warming and uses unique metaphors to help Yolŋu (Yolngu) understand these new and complex concepts and issues in a meaningful way.

Climate Change – part 1 of 4 - Oxygen and CO2

This first program of the series covers foundational knowledge of the relationship between oxygen and carbon dioxide. Avoiding excessive scientific information, this program simply clarifies the role of animals (including Yolŋu) breathing in oxygen and out carbon dioxide, and plants (including phytoplankton) breathing in carbon dioxide and out oxygen. Plankton plays major role in the exchanging cycle. Plankton is clearly discussed in terms of photosynthesis and the food chain.12:55

Climate Change - part 2 of 4 - The Balance of the Air

This second part of the series captures how oxygen and carbon dioxide make balance in the air so that animals and plants coexist on this planet. The concept of ‘balance’ is a key to understanding that climate change is caused by an imbalance of oxygen and carbon dioxide. The term is metaphorically interpreted in dialogue with using examples of traditional cooking method of stingray. Can animals live on the moon like the film “Planet of the Apes”? 8:07

Climate Change – part 3 of 4 - Air Pollution

The third part of the series compares the lifestyle of Yolŋu in 1920‘s when missionary settlements began and present day in terms of electricity and fuel usage. People used to go to sleep around 9pm when a little power generator stopped and cross-over to the barge landing from Milingimbi by dug canoe, then at the present communities welcome 24 hours power, engine boat, car and airplane. The rapid industrial developments (e.g. power, car and mining etc) consume huge amount of electricity (generated by power plants that use fossil fuels) and emit large amount of carbon dioxide into the air. This is destroying the balance between oxygen and carbon dioxide. 10:05

Climate Change - part 4 of 4 - Greenhouse Gas Effect

The last part of the series addresses two points; why the layer of carbon dioxide is called ’greenhouse gas’ and how it increases the temperature of the earth. Given that greenhouse can hardly be ‘seen’ in northeast Arnhem Land and the term gives a wrong impression of a ‘house with green colour’, this program describes general functions of greenhouse gases. Then this program answers the most critical question; ’how does the temperature of the earth increase?’ Upon the comprehension of the greenhouse gas effect, this series of educational programs finishes with factual stories about bizarre behaviour of some animals (e.g. emu, crocodile and magpie goose etc) and unusual climate in Northeast Arnhem Land. 12:35
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