climate change

Focus on Solutions: Empowering students to take on global challenges

The World of 7 Billion student video contest encourages students to think critically about the challenges facing the planet today and to take that understanding to the next level through problem solving. One component of the video is to offer a sustainable solution to their chosen global challenge. Students take their newfound knowledge and apply STEM principles to design a sustainable solution to the global challenge and in doing so, begin to think like engineers, scientists, and future policy-makers.

What is the Paris Agreement and why is it important?

The Paris Agreement was discussed throughout the 2016 election and became a contested topic - something that one candidate, who is now our President-elect, said he would “ditch.” This may not have garnered as much attention as some of the other controversial things Trump has said, but it may have the most far reaching consequences for our environment. To “ditch” the Paris Agreement is to “ditch” weather patterns as we know them and everything they impact – crops, plant and animal habitats, etc. It is to ditch clean air that we and our children breathe.

How does Population Growth impact Climate Change?

In just 50 years, the world’s population has more than doubled to over 7.4 billion people. That’s more than 7.4 billion bodies that need to be fed, clothed, and kept warm, all requiring a large amount of energy. Alongside this consumption, these 7.4 billion people are also producing vast quantities of waste. Consequently, the demand for energy and the production of waste are significant producers of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

Hidden impact in the world’s oceans

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.

Celebrate bees, birds, and beetles, it’s National Pollinator Week!

Pollinators around the globe are facing a grim future as a key component of global biodiversity. This is not only bad news for pollinators and other animals, but also for humans due to the risks it poses to the global food supply. Because of this, in 2008, the U.S. Senate designated this very week as National Pollinator Week to emphasize the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations and its impact.

Who are the pollinators and why are they so important?

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