Saturday, April 20, 2019

Schools : Earth Day 2019 & NASA #PictureEarth : Activities

credits: NASA

Earth Day is coming next 22 April. It's celebrated each year to remind each of us that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance.
It began on April 22, 1970 – millions took to the streets to protest the negative effects of 150 years of industrialisation. In 2020 Earth Day will celebrate 50 years. Wow!

The Earth Day Network calls it "the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement." True!

Protect our Species
credits: Jamie Bussey

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Theme 2019: Protect our species!

"In Nature nothing exists alone."
Rachel Carson, 1962

Nature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. But unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, the rapid extinction of species in our world today is the result of human activity.
All living things have an intrinsic value, and each plays a unique role in the complex web of life. 
We must work together to protect endangered and threatened species: bees, coral reefs, elephants, giraffes, insects, whales and more.

International Mother Earth Day
credits: WMO/Marlene Dapozzo Moali/ UN

Recognizing that Mother Earth is a common expression for the planet earth in a number of countries and regions, which reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit.

Noting that Earth Day is observed each year in many countries, the UN decide to designate 22 April as International Mother Earth Day.

credits: NASA

For Earth Day 2019, NASA invites students to celebrate the planet we call home with #PictureEarth social media event.
NASA studies Earth as a mission to let us know what’s happening to our home. Satellites and instruments #PictureEarth daily. 
Some take visible light photos, much like your camera. Others peer into the infrared, microwave and radio spectrums, which our human eyes can’t see. 
These images of Earth can be the width of an instrument’s path over the ground, a column of molecules in the air, the height of the ocean below, or even made up of signals emitted quietly from the surface.
Each satellite picture reveals a small detail of the land, water, atmosphere and life on Earth — a single brushstroke in the masterpiece that is our home planet.

credits: Adolie Day illustratrice
Unfortunately, European schools are closed for Easter Season. But teachers could contact their students using schools media accounts to invite them to participate on this activity.
They love media, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook. They will participate, I'm sure!

credits: NASA

How do you #PictureEarth?
Show NASA how you see our planet through photos posted on social media. Focus on the details around you with close-up images.

  • What makes your location on Earth special?
  • Where is the color of our living planet seen?

  • Is there a texture or pattern in your surroundings?

  • What makes Earth our home in the vast universe?

Look for Earth’s life, motion, and beauty: blooming flowers, ancient trees, colorful insects, furry and feathered animals, crashing waves, molten lava, puffy clouds, frozen ice and warm sunlight
Don't forget the 2019 theme for Earth Day. Protecting our species!

credits: NASA

Share your best Earth photo!
Share your best photo showing a detail of Earth on social media with hashtag #PictureEarth on Earth Day, Monday, April 22, 2019.

credits: NASA

Be sure to tell NASA where your photo was taken in the text of your social media post. NASA will be watching Instagram, Twitter, and its Facebook event page for your images and messages celebrating our planet’s special day. Earth Day!
NASA love to read posts from around the world because NASA Earth data is available to everyone – we’re all living on this planet together.
As with NASA previous Earth Day events, it will select some of the publicly-shared photos to showcase in videos and composite images featuring your beautiful imagery from around the world.

Global Strike for Future
credits: Elyx

Wow! Don't miss this opportunity! You are the climate generation, remember? You are streaking school on Friday to protest against climate change.
Climate change is one of the largest threats to sustainable development globally and is just one of many imbalances caused by the unsustainable actions of humankind, with direct implications for future generations.
“I don’t care if what I’m doing – what we’re doing – is hopeful. We need to do it anyway. Even if there’s no hope left and everything is hopeless, we must do what we can.”
Greta Thunberg

credits: NASA

To see how NASA #PictureEarth from space, download the new NASA EARTH photo book featuring stunning satellite imagery.

On Earth day website:

  • Share photos, videos, and stories about what you, your students, and your schools are doing to Protect Our Speciesa all year round!

  • Tag your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts with #EarthDay2019 #ProtectOurSpecies and tag @EarthDayNetwork

Earth Day Network is asking people to join Protect our Species campaign. The goals are to:
  • Educate and raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.
  • Achieve major policy victories that protect broad groups of species as well as individual species and their habitats.
  • Build and activate a global movement that embraces nature and its values.
  • Encourage individual actions such as adopting plant based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use.

We'll see on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. You will be there ! So do I !


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