Earth Day is Every Day!
Taking care of the planet is a full time occupation.
April 22 is Earth Day, and there are lots of events planned to celebrate. But perhaps the most important part of Earth Day is that the celebrations (and work) don’t stop after the sun goes down.
Climate change is happening all around us. Seas are rising, arctic ice is melting, average temperatures are rising, and extreme weather events are more frequent and more severe. Already, communities are being forced to move or otherwise dramatically alter their behavior because of the effects of climate change.
Many studies have shown that humans are the biggest driver of climate change. The planet is out of balance. Since the Industrial Revolution, when factories began to produce goods on a massive scale, more and more carbon has been released into our atmosphere. All this extra carbon has upset the balance of greenhouse gasses there and caused more heat to stay closer to the planet, warming the surface beyond what is healthy for the living creatures who depend on certain conditions for survival.
That means we have a responsibility to try and fix the problems we’ve created. How? By finding alternative, sustainable forms of energy. By eliminating waste before it exists. By reusing, recycling, and reducing our impact on the planet.
By involving kids in efforts to curb climate change, we’re making a better future for all of us. Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders, and tomorrow’s leaders are going to need to know the science behind the climate crisis they’ve inherited.
In the Nomad Press book, Climate Change: The Science Behind Melting Glaciers and Warming Oceans with Hands-On Science Activities by Joshua Sneideman and Erin Twamley, kids learn more about the earth’s climate and how the climate crisis has happened and what they can do about it. Hands-on activities drive the learning home and offer plenty of ways to flex different learning muscles!