Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Education : Earth Day 2014, resources & activities

Google Doodle Earth Day 2014

Today, April 22 is Earth Day 2014 . As I've done in the past, I share some thoughts for teaching about Earth Day and environmental science in general. 

Last years I shared different Earth Day-related resourcesThat list is comprised of resources for middle school and high school. 

But let's begin talking about Google Doodle Earth Day 2014. Awesome!

This year's Earth Day is the 44th, since its inception in 1970, which was widely viewed as marking the beginning of the contemporary environmental movement

It is organised by the Earth Day Network, which aims to "inform and energize populations so they will act to secure a healthy future for themselves and their children".


"Education is at the heart of Earth Day. Learn more about how your school can get involved. And be sure to register your class’s Earth Day events"

Earth Day Networking

The theme of Earth Day 2014 is Green Cities. So what exactly are we supposed to do to make our cities green? 

We can start with transportation. That means transforming our public transportation systems so that they’re accessible, convenient, and run on clean fuels. It also means making our cities more walkable and bikeable—with protected bike lanes, plenty of public green space, and pedestrian-friendly sidewalks. 

Finally, it means switching over to electric, hybrid, and other eco-friendly vehicles and relying on ride-sharing, rather than driving alone.
This year the Earth Day Network is looking for people to share stories of climate change by uploading pictures that represent "the faces of climate change."

Cities throughout Europe are gearing up for "Earth Day". With several events going on across the continent, Europeans cities and European schools are celebrate and promote a more sustainable and healthy planet this Earth Day.

UN scientific panel #IPCC says our globe is warming and encourages the world to prepare for risks from a changing climate.

The United Nations scientific panel on climate change presented its latest report on the impacts of climate change, society's vulnerability to them, and the capacity and limits to adapt to the changing climate. 


In the most European countries and almost everywhere in the world, today is the first day of back to school, after Easter holidays. Of course, Earth Day is not only celebrated on April 22. It must be celebrated every day.
  • You can start by introduce Earth Day Google Doodle to your students and explain it.

Earth Day 2014 is marked with a collection of five animated doodles on the Google homepage, showing the Rufous hummingbird, the veiled chameleon, the moon jellyfish, the dung beetle, a puffer fish and a pair of Japanese macaques.

"Google have done well to choose an intriguing selection of critters to illustrate the movement, although not many people would put the dung beetle on their list of favourite animals. The Japanese macaques are a far more traditional selection, shivering stoically in their hot springs as the snow falls.
  • If you could do one thing to help the climate what would it be?  A good question to your students. Pay attention to the answers and ask the students to develop their ideas in different projects.
  • This year the Earth Day Network is looking for people to share stories of climate change by uploading pictures that represent "the faces of climate change."
Another interesting activity to propose your students, don't you think?

  • NASA invites you and everyone else on the planet to take part in a worldwide celebration of Earth Day this year with the agency's #GlobalSelfie event. 
How do students take part?
  • NASA will be monitoring photos posted to five social media sites: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and Flickr.
This activity your students will love it !

Level : Higher Education ; Vocational Education (up-to 18 years-old)

  • National Geographic has some other great resources for learning about environmental science and Earth  Day. 
  • Ways students can  fight climate change:
By taking small steps, you can contribute to the global climate change effort - and save money on your energy and heating bills! Learn how easy it is with these simple tips. Read more here
  • EcoKids is a Canadian organization that provides free resources for teaching and learning about topics in environmental science.The games and activities section for kids offers dozens of online games across eight categories. Within each of the eight categories the games and activities are again categorized according to age appropriateness. 
The eight games and activities categories are: wildlife, climate change, energy, water, waste, land use, the North, and First Nations & Inuit.
If you need other resources for elementary and secondary schools, take a look at the thematic Earth Day posts on this blog. Here are the posts of the last three years:

"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." 

Native American Proverb


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