Earth Day has been celebrated since 1970 and is now observed in more than 193 countries each year. This year is particularly special as the landmark Paris Agreement is schedule to be signed by the US, China and 120 other countries. This Earth Day, on April 22nd, students can travel hundreds of thousands of miles and learn more about conservation totally carbon free thanks to Skype in the Classroom.
Here is a glimpse at some of these great opportunities:
Earth Day 2016: A new understanding
Michael of Mitahato Educational Farm in Kenya will be talking about the difference in lifestyles between the US and Kenya and how people relate differently to their environments: what does Earth Day mean to Kenyans of whom 80% of the population lives in rural areas?
For younger students: What can we do to improve our Earth?
Kindergarten teacher Karrin Burns of Illinois, US has set up a lesson for kindergarten students to connect around the world and share ideas of how they can develop solutions for some of the environmental problems in the world. Join in on Twitter using the hashtag #KidsSavetheEarth
Take a virtual trip to Yellowstone National Park
Classrooms can chat over Skype with a Yellowstone National Park ranger to learn more about geology. Find out about geysers, hot springs, volcanoes, and the science behind these natural phenomena.
Race Against Time: Win a call with the expedition team
Mark Wood and his team are embarking on the only expedition to cross the Arctic from the North Pole to the Canadian coast this year in order to document climate change. Having had the warmest winter on record, the ice is at an all-time low level so this will make the expedition very challenging. We are offering 10 teachers and their students a chance to have a Skype call with the team to learn first-hand what they saw in the Arctic, from the melted ice to polar bears.
How ocean acidification is affecting oceans and marine animals
Students can learn from NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher about how the ocean’s water chemistry is changing due to increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. This is creating an environment where marine life is struggling to survive in ocean habitats.
The catastrophic decline of the African lion
Over the past 50 years Africa’s lion population has plummeted from over 200,000 individuals back in the 1960’s to 15,000 today. A shocking number if you consider the size of that continent, and by far the greatest number of remaining lion populations are small, scattered, and highly vulnerable. The outcomes for this lesson are clear: the pupils will learn many fascinating facts about the African lion, realise its importance to ecosystems, understand the historical and cultural significance of this iconic species, and most importantly, discover how they themselves can really make a difference to help save this magnificent species from dying out before it is too late.
Learn about sea turtles, healthy oceans, and how we’re all connected
This lesson seeks to excite and engage students about the 7 species of sea turtles, which are truly endearing creatures for a host of reasons.
Conservationist Jennifer Nolan will explain why they need our protection as currently all 7 species are on the endangered list, some critically. To know sea turtles is to love them and there are many fascinating facts to share about these resilient reptiles that are nothing short of astonishing.
Teachers: To book your next Virtual Field Trip or Skype Lesson, please head over to the Skype in the Classroom website. Share a snapshot of your classroom’s Earth Day experience with @SkypeClassroom on Twitter with hashtag #Skype2Learn.
Parents: Why not ask your school to get involved with Skype in the Classroom so your kids can experience the world live from their classrooms?