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Search engine for sustainability

Climatepedia’s brand-new website appropriately made its debut on Earth Day, April 22. The organization dedicated to spreading awareness about climate change has updated its online presence to improve how it communicates with the public on this multifaceted matter.

Founded in 2010, Climatepedia receives support from the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability’s Center for Climate Change Solutions and the UCLA Green Initiative Fund.  This student-led initiative was created to provide tools to understand this complex topic, as well as related issues, such as renewable energy, environmental policy, and conservation strategies. Climatepedia also seeks to help dispel climate change myths. Recent studies show society still struggles to comprehend climate change and its global consequences.  Climatepedia was primarily established to share valuable insights from the academic and scientific community at UCLA with the public.

The main components of the new website are:

  • Projects
  • Glossary
  • Events
  • Conservation Tips

Kimberly Duong, President of Climatepedia, discussed the design. “The changes include a more artistic and user-friendly interface, the addition of our petition statement (never before seen by the public), and dedicated pages for other efforts.”

The group’s primary venture is overseeing the development and publication of a petition in which professors, researchers, and students can signify their support to the following proclamation:

"There is overwhelming scientific evidence that humans are causing Earth's climate to warm beyond natural variability. This is almost universally accepted by climate scientists and is also the basis for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an international effort to provide up-to-date reports on the current state of climate research."

"To minimize the consequences of human-induced climate change (e.g. more extreme droughts, heat waves, and flooding), we must reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and curb our carbon dioxide emissions."

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A Photo Project has been documenting campus constituents’ feelings about climate change since the club’s inception. Bruins are asked to express their thoughts on a chalkboard or whiteboard and pose for a picture with their comments.

The glossary contains related terminology. Example entries include geoengineering, paleoclimatology, and magnetosphere.

Climatepedia aims to increase their interactions and will use the website to publicize their activities. Kimberly said, “The opportunity to socialize with others who have similar interests is common among student groups at UCLA. What is unique about our group is that it also encompasses the potential to network with key figures in the field and develop a closer connection with the academic community here at UCLA.”

Conservation Tips serves as a resource for reducing your carbon footprint. Guidelines cover energy usage, water conservation, and waste management.

The website will continue to adapt, with new content coming soon. Climatepedia’s goal is to utilize the revamped website as a reliable source of information on an issue impacting us all.

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Visit the official website and check out Climatepedia on Facebook. To get involved with the group, send an email to climate411@ucla.edu. Attend UCLA's 9th Annual Earth Day Fair on Wednesday, April 24 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the Intramural Field and stop by the Climatepedia booth to learn more.