Since 1948, October 24 has been celebrated as United Nations Day, a chance to focus on global cooperation, peace and now, sustainability. For this anniversary, the UN is focusing on “concrete actions people can take to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an ambitious set of 17 goals adopted last year to improve the lives of people around the globe and protect our shared ecosystems.
America’s parks are considered one of our country’s national treasures so it’s a fitting tribute that the theme of this year’s Geography Awareness Week is “Explore the Power of Parks.” And parks are just that – powerful. Parks have the power to bring people together, connect us with nature, and offer peace and beauty for all who visit. But our park lands serve a more utilitarian task as well.
India is a large and diverse country that adds about 19 million people to its population every year and contributes more to annual world population growth than any other country. Did you know that India is the world’s most populous democracy? Take our India population quiz to learn more about this ancient country filled with diverse ethnic, linguistic, geographic, religious, and demographic features.
One of the most common misconceptions about population growth is that a population stops growing once replacement level fertility is reached (a roughly 2-child average). In fact, due to population momentum, a country’s population can continue growing for another 70 years once replacement level fertility is reached.
The World of 7 Billion student video contest is back, and the topics for 2016-2017 are: Climate Change, Ocean Health, and Rapid Urbanization. In preparation for creating their videos, students may consider reading some contemporary books as part of their research to explore the issues.
Every year during the last week of September, the American Library Association celebrates Banned Books Week, encouraging people to read works of literature that have been challenged throughout history by censors who considered them profane, inappropriate, or radical. The ALA defines a “challenge” as an attempt to remove a book from libraries or school curricula; a “ban” is when that book is successfully removed, preventing individuals in that community from easily accessing and reading it.
Near the famous manatees of Kings Bay, PopEd’s second summer institute training was held on the Nature’s Coast of Florida at The Plantation, a 50-year old eco-friendly resort in the town of Crystal River.
Relatively speaking, the world’s oceans are an ecosystem that humans have discovered little about and remain one of the last frontiers of exploration. We harvest many natural resources from our seas and unsustainable fishing practices are pushing numerous fish species to the brink of collapse. The warming of the oceans affects coral, algae, and plankton and puts them at risk of dying out, impacting species up and down the food chain. The effects that humans have on our oceans are not as transparent to us as the impacts we can see in other environments.
The beginning of the school year is an exciting time for everyone. Students are rested and ready to explore new concepts. Teachers are rejuvenated from the summer and full of new ideas for their class. This back-to-school excitement extends to Population Education as well!