Want to receive free Population Education teaching materials or learn more about PopEd teacher training workshops? If the answer is yes, we have good news – our staff will be attending the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) annual conference this spring and is excited to support teachers covering sustainability, human ecology, and population pressures.
Last Friday I presented Population Education lessons and resources to a group of eager educators, but this was not a typical PopEd workshop. Rather than hands-on and face-to-face, it was a virtual workshop conducted online as part of the National Biodiversity Teach-In. Because attendance was not limited by location, 480 educators from nine US states and three countries abroad were able to participate in my session “Make the People Connection: Population and Biodiversity in the Classroom.”
We first noticed the unusual traffic on our WorldPopulationHistory.org site on Friday, January 29. By the end of that weekend, we were fielding a flurry of emailed questions from national and international press. While it can take a while for new interactive websites to get noticed, it only takes a handful of influencers to start a viral trend.
Last week along the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States, offices, schools, dining rooms and Uber rides were consumed by conversation of the looming Winter Storm Jonas. As many Americans cleared grocery store shelves, purchased shovels and stocked up on batteries for flashlights, municipalities made similar preparations the best way they knew how, spreading salt on roads.
The lesson, The Pop Ecology Files, provides a fun way to integrate math and science concepts into middle school classrooms. In Part 1, students examine exponential and arithmetic growth rates, and every-day situations where growth occurs in each. Students calculate the difference between saving money so it will grow arithmetically versus exponentially.
You don’t have to look far for signs that we are living in the human age, or the Anthropocene. Every day we’re exposed to evidence of human impact. For a city dweller a tell-tale sign might be a tall skyscraper whereas for a person living in a rural area it may be the miles and miles of cropland.
Every day, all over the world, ordinary people are dreaming up solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing our planet. From technologies such as LifeStraw (a small water filtration device) to programs like American Forests’ Global ReLeaf Program (a tree re-planting program) – we’re constantly coming up with ideas to mitigate human impact on our planet. Here are a few of our favorite solutions to this year’s World of 7 Billion contest challenges:
Sustainable Solution to Deforestation: