What’s the deal with the ice caps, CO2 and the energy transition? And are you actually allowed to go on climate strike during school hours? As of today you can ask all your questions on the Dutch-language website KlimaatHelpdesk.org, where a team of over twenty scientists and experts are ready to answer them. The KlimaatHelpdesk (Climate Helpdesk) is an initiative of Scientists4Future NL and Utrecht Young Academy.
“We’re open to anyone who is curious about climate change”
The KlimaatHelpdesk makes scientific knowledge about climate change more easily accessible for a broader audience. “Initially, we’re focusing primarily on students, but we’re open to anyone who is curious about climate change and wants to make sense of all the information that’s going around. To get answers to your own questions, or to be more prepared for discussions with others.”
The team behind KlimaatHelpdesk saw a need for an online platform that’s accessible and easy to use for a broad audience. “There’s so much discussion about climate change, but not all of that information is useful. Of course ‘fake news’ is a problem, but even factually correct information is sometimes difficult to understand for the average person.”
The questions may concern any subject, such as biology, physics, economics, history, or psychology. The first questions have already been submitted and answered on the website. For example: Can we be sure that human activity has caused global warming? And: As a citizen, what can I do to stop climate change? But also: Are climate strikes permitted?