Over 50% of the global population, more than 3.7 billion people, live in urban areas. Back in 1800, only 3% of people were occupying cities. This large migration of people from rural to urban spaces in a relatively short amount of time had dramatic impacts on both urban dwellers and the surrounding environment.
Eighteen middle and high school students have taken a top spot in the 2016-2017 “World of 7 Billion” contest for their videos about the effect of population growth on ocean health, climate change, or rapid urbanization. The student winners were announced May 10th – check out their winning videos and learn more about them on the winners page now!
Part One of our “Benefits of Urban Gardening” Series
Air. We need it to breathe.
This is a painfully obvious observation; yet, due to the alarming decline in the quality of our air due to human activity and the fact that about 5.5 million deaths are attributed to the increase in air pollutants, it is necessary to iterate this obvious statement all the more in our current situation.
Air Pollution: A Detriment
Looking for free earth day activities for elementary students? How about utilizing an engaging format most kids enjoy – video games! The following two interactive websites offer content that is perfect for this year’s earth day theme of environmental and climate literacy.
Having environmental literacy means:
Mexico, our neighbor to the south, is one of the most populous countries in the world. And, did you know it was once home to one of the earliest great civilizations of Mesoamerica, the Olmecs? Take our Mexico population quiz to learn more!
1. In 2016 Mexico’s population was 129 million. What is Mexico’s population projected to be in 2050?
We’ve been told that air pollution, smog, and climate change present major health risks, but do we really know the true human cost? The recent Washington Post article, “Exposure to pollution kills millions of children, WHO reports find,” summarizes two new World Health Organization (WHO) reports that lay out the devastating effect of human-caused pollution on children’s health.
Don’t wait until Earth Day to infuse your classroom lessons with environmental content. In fact, I propose we make all of April “Environmental History Month.” To know where we are and where we might be headed, it’s important to check behind us in the rearview mirror.
Just because there are vocal climate change deniers (even leading top government agencies) that doesn’t make climate science debatable. More than 9 in 10 climate scientists are adamant about the facts. Climate change is real. This climate change is largely a result of human numbers and actions. If we don’t do something to lessen greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, our planet will become less and less habitable for many species, including ours.
Whenever I facilitate teacher workshops close to home, conversation often turns to the Chesapeake Bay. It’s not only our local estuary here in the DC area, but also the largest estuary in the country, fed by 50 rivers and streams in six states and home to 18 million people. Beloved by boaters, fishermen, nature and seafood enthusiasts, the Chesapeake has also taught us about the effects of pollution on a vital watershed.
What happens when health workers and social scientists team up with creatives? Quality TV is what happens.
There has always been conversation about the high rates of teen pregnancies in black and Latino households. And although we are seeing a steady decline in the rates at which all teen populations in the US have unwanted pregnancies, these rates still remain highest among Latino youth.