Teaming up with Extreme Ice Survey for Climate Education
Today, Earth Day Network teamed up with Extreme Ice Survey to launch a middle school education initiative designed to engage and mobilize students around climate change. Using the dramatic images captured by scientist-photographer James Balog – star of the award-winning and Academy Award-shortlisted documentary Chasing Ice – this curriculum will focus on the story the world’s glaciers have to tell about the impact of climate change.
Balog and Extreme Ice Survey currently have 28 cameras on 13 glaciers around the world capturing the dramatic transformations of these ancient formations. Their images and time-lapse videos of the changing face of the planet will provide students and communities with visual evidence of the tangible impacts of climate change.
The images are already changing the conversation about climate change around the world. And they can change the way teachers educate their students about climate change.
The joint project includes developing lesson plans and interactive online curricular resources that will be distributed to educators free of charge. Curricular materials will be correlated to National Science Standards, the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Math, and the North American Association for Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence. A Spanish version of the curriculum is also forthcoming.
By incorporating the powerful images captured by James Balog and Extreme Ice Survey into this project, students will be exposed to dramatic visual evidence of how climate change is altering our world in drastic ways. We’re particularly excited about the potential of a curriculum built on the intersection of art and science to inspire students to engage with the most pressing environmental issue of their time.
These free education materials will be available to teachers by Earth Day, April 22, 2013.
To learn more about Earth Day Network’s education program, go to edu.earthday.org.
Ice photos courtesy of Extreme Ice Survey.