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100 Seconds ’til Midnight: Countdown to Catastrophe

On January 27, 2021, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists sent a plea to the leaders and citizens of the world: ‘This is your COVID wake-up call: it is 100 seconds to midnight’.

NASA has warned that if global warming reaches 2 degrees Celsius higher than pre-industrial levels, more than 70 percent of Earth’s coastlines will experience coastal flooding, mass erosion, and salinisation of water supplies.

These urgent reminders demand immediate action from our governments on issues of climate change.

In this interactive series, participants will embark on a journey through an imagined climate change crisis, ten years into the future. Led by storyteller Bernard Caleo, our team of experts have been called upon to help a coastal town suffering the effects of these catastrophes. They’ll work together, utilising STEAM skills to propose solutions to the immediate threat, and asking how we can solve the underlying issue of climate change.

Alongside two public panel events, we’re offering workshop incursions for secondary students  in February 2022. Led by a STEAM expert, students will dive deeper into the climate crisis and its potential solutions. Can we reverse the effects? Can we rebuild infrastructure? Will we need to evacuate? And, above all, can we turn back time?

If you’re a teacher interested in holding a STEAM climate change solutions workshop at your school, click here.

The final event in this series will be open to the public. You can check back in with our experts, and their workshop participants, at 100 Seconds ’til Midnight: Stopping the Clock.

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Portrait of Bernard Caleo

Bernard Caleo

Bernard Caleo is a comic book teacher, maker, and communicator. He was the editor and publisher of the romance comics anthology Tango, made the feature film Graphic Novels Melbourne with filmmaker Daniel Hayward and is part of the graphic novel publishing enterprise Twelve Panels Press.

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Wheeler Education

Being a teenager is all about change. Adolescence is when most of us form a sense of the world, try to find our place in it and (hopefully) have some fun along the way. Beyond what we learn at school, some of our most valuable learning happens when we discover the communities and ideas that connect us.

In the extraordinary times we live in, Wheeler Education is here to bring the world to teens – and teens to the world. We’ll explore the challenges facing young people right now, and the bold ways they’re envisioning their own futures. Hear from teens, writers, and educators about their passions, plans, survival tips and more.


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