How Greenhouse Gasses Impact Earth
April 9, 2015
For more than 200 years, scientists have been observing, measuring, and analyzing information about our planet’s climate. Studies from the Antarctic, the Amazon, the Great Barrier Reef, and beyond show that the earth is in constant transition and that humans have an effect on what happens.
All too often the climate change and green movement engages in a practice of fear based instruction using images of polar bears stuck on breaking icebergs and rising water in the swamps of Florida. But fear doesn’t lead to positive environmental change, especially for youth.
While there are dire consequences happening on Earth, there are also rapid advancements in renewable energy technologies. Take a look at Costa Rica, a country of more than 4 million people that just generated all of its electricity for the past 100 days from renewable sources. Youth, like Boyan Slat, a Dutch teenager is working with scientists on methods that have cleaned up half the plastic in the oceans and communities of youth like White House Science Fair winners are advocating for reshaping our future.
The urban planners, farmers, scientists, architects and park rangers of tomorrow are today’s youth. We now understand the best way to engage them to be the change they wish to see in the world is not through fear but rather hope. That is why, Joshua Sneideman and Erin Twamley with the support from Nomad Press are excited to release the book Climate Change: Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth.
Written for middle school students and featuring hands-on activities that can be done at home or in a classroom, such as building a sundial, designing a balance board, or observing the changing forms of matter. These projects builds a fundamental understanding of the science and the nature of climate change. Want to take these projects a step further? Digital Explorations allowclassrooms to take themselves on a journey through interactive games, simulations and quizzes that help make complex concepts easier to understand like the carbon and water cycles.
Students learn about the Giants of Science from the classics like Joseph Priestly who discovered Oxygen or Richard Keeling who created the Keeling Curve to measure carbon concentrations to Deepkia Kurup who developed a water purifying system using solar energy. These colorful images take the diverse community of those impacting climate change and allow every reader to see themselves as a future scientist.
The books chapters cover a wide range of topics to help the reader understand our Earth, Spaceship Earth, as the singular resource it truly is. By exploring the power of the sun and the concepts of goldilocks planetary systems one begins to see their place in the universe and the natural balance of Earth’s systems. Through a discussion of the nature of burps, farts and other greenhouse gasses coupled with analysis of years of scientific data from mud cores and ice cores, coral reefs and tree rings, the book helps students understand how time traveling scientist put our modern our climate situation in historical perspective. To wrap it up, we ask the reader to explore the actions that kids, parents, teachers and communities can take to combat climate change. Download your Future to get started.
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About the Authors:
Joshua Sneideman is an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow with 10 years experience as a middle school science teacher. He founded ECO International, an intercollegiate Environmental Congress to help Costa Rican high schools develop environmental community action plans. Joshua lives in Arlington, Virginia.
Erin Twamley is a professional adult educator and energy education specialist with over five years of experience providing STEM support in education. She loves to travel the world lives in Washington, DC.