Teaching with Stamps: Primary resources for teaching America’s history and heritage.
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Forty-four years ago, the first Earth Day brought together various groups who had been independently protesting the producers of oil spills, air and water pollutants, and those who endangered green land and wildlife. For the first time, on April 22, 1970, these varied organizations recognized that they had a clear and common concern – the protection of Earth and its inhabitants.
A few days ago, the United Nations released a report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report offered concrete evidence of global warming and increasing climate change. The report also said that despite the mounting danger to the planet, there are steps that can be taken to stop the phenomenon. The scale of change required to halt global warming is massive, but it can be done if we embrace those changes now.
Because climate change is happening today, it is important to plan for what lies ahead and anticipate the effects of climate change. Preparing now will help protect people in the future from severe weather events, droughts, floods, and protect animals, plants and the land from climate change.
Schools around the world recognize an increasingly important role in teaching students how to understand the complex concept of climate change, and to think about their roles and responsibilities in slowing the process. According to the New York Times (4/20/14), 26 states have adopted new standards for teaching climate change beginning in the middle school years. The nation of Ireland has a full curriculum on sustainable development. Students in island nations including Trinidad, Cuba, Tobago and Indonesia participate in an international program called Sandwatch that monitors beach erosion, takes water samples and assesses wildlife.
Bring your own students together to understand the concept of climate change, and show them how they can help control its progression. The USPS Education Kit, The Green Teams, gives you all the tools you need to create a class of climate caretakers and planet protectors. Download it here.