I have the sad memory of long ago watching the polar bear at Springfield’s Forest Park walking back and forth in his small cage, rubbing against its black bars Tragically, he lived far from his native land, the earth’s polar regions. While these regions may seem remote, they’re an integral part of the entire Earth system. (more…)
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On Monday, April 22, at 10:00pm Independent Lens: The Island President airs on WGBY. Mohamed Nasheed, former president of the Maldives, confronts a problem greater than any world leader has ever faced — the literal survival of his country and everyone in it due to global warming. As one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives to make them uninhabitable.
The Island President captures Nasheed’s first year of office, culminating in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009 when he makes a stirring speech that salvages agreement on a written accord. Then in February 2012, military and police oust him as leader. After his efforts to lead protests and campaign for an upcoming election, a Maldives court bans him from travel abroad and he is later imprisoned. Watch a preview.
In addition to exposing students to this real-world political and environmental drama, you’ll find pages of resources on global warming and political dissent at PBS LearningMedia, where you can search by content, grade level, standards and more.
This insightful Frontline DVD titled Climate of Doubt, explores the impact of politics on the subject of global warming and climate change. The video goes inside the organizations that fought the scientific establishment, environmental groups, and lawmakers to shift the direction of debate on climate issues and redefine the politics of global warming. Borrow this DVD (I.D. 2352) for a month by clicking here.
This video chronicles a rare crossing through the Northwest Passage, made possible by melting ice due to climate change. The documentary challenges policy makers to consider the impact of the melting ice caps on the future of mankind. The title of this timely DVD is The Polar Explorer, ID229. Borrow it from the WGBY Video Lending Library for a month by clicking here.
PBS and NASA have teamed up to create lessons focused on Global Climate Change. Each lesson includes STEM resources that will increase your knowledge of climate change concepts and can be used directly with middle and high school students. Here are some of the topics you can explore:
- Introduction to Earth’s Dynamically Changing Climate
- Earth’s Warming Climate: Are We Responsible?
- Going Local With Global Warming
- The Climate Change Skeptic’s Argument: Natural Solar Cycles or Human Activity?
Each link above will lead you to a lesson that is broken into several modules: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate . You can browse them at your own pace; pick and choose the activities that will work for you.