As the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Ramachandra Pauchauri puts it, "What we do in the next two or three years will determine the future of our planet."
And in an effort to mobilize the nation to act before it is too late, an environmental education group, Focus the Nation, is asking schools, colleges and universities across America to set aside January 31 as a day to focus on global warming solutions for the country.
The nationwide event kicks off the evening of January 30th with an interactive web-cast titled the 2% Solution. With the 31st being the national teach-in.
True enough, there are a myriad of ways to get your school involved regardless of age level, but the problem is that there just aren't many days left before the event. In reality, January 31st is just over a month away and many schools are either off on break or just coming back at that time.
Regardless, there are over a thousand schools already signed up for the teach-in, and you can bet that mine will be involved in some way as well. That makes it over a thousand and one schools on the list.
Granted, I teach at a middle school, so you won't see a bit of the political aspect of it you'll see on the Focus the Nation website in what we choose to do. And if you're in the K-12 system I'd stay away from the political angle as well. The worst thing you can do is mix kids and politics. But the teach-in is definitely do-able in a K-12 setting, and the science is clear that global warming is real and human-caused this time around.
And I realize that it's short notice to organize, but climate change is the biggest problem we face. Maybe you can pull something together in your school as well, because children are already bearing the brunt of global warming.
via:: Essex Library