Three boys, probably about ten years old, are standing round a table. They are concentrating intently, jabbing at a touch screen. Suddenly there is a huge sigh of relief. They pull back and turn around, with huge grins across their faces: “Mum. Muuuuuuuuuum. Look Mum — we met the emissions reduction target!”
It is half term and I have come to check out the Science Museum’s new £4.5 million climate science exhibition, atmosphere.
So are there lessons to be learnt from this example about public engagement with climate science?