One Tree Can Produce Enough Oxygen For Four People
This year Science Week runs from November 10th to 17th and the focus is climate action, helping people understand climate change, how science and technology can help us create a positive climate future and the impact we as individuals can have on climate change.
Harmful CO2 contributes to climate change, the biggest current problem the world has to deal with. Trees, however, help fight it. They absorb CO2 removing it from the atmosphere for growth, convert it to sugars and wood and release pure oxygen back to the atmosphere. Annually, an acre of trees absorbs the amount of carbon dioxide equal to driving your car 26 000 miles. Trees are our main survival tools; one tree can produce enough oxygen for four people.
Plant a tree at your school and help to increase our tree population in Ireland. With thanks to Coillte we have a hard wood tree to give to every school that comes to Explorium during Science Week and throughout November. To show you how to plant your tree, have a look at the Tree Council of Ireland’s short video.
Our Science Shows will teach you about our changing climate through a range of interactive and fun experiments. Kick off with ‘The Story of Energy’, a short informative video about where our energy comes from, the problem with fossil fuels and how it affects our climate. Create carbon dioxide in our lab and discover how it contributes to global warming, see the devastating effects of warming seas and extreme weather events by making tornadoes in a bottle and learn steps you can take to combat climate change. Climate change is a global issue, it affects us all, and everyone has to play their part, so there will be plenty of audience interaction in the show.