How do bees find food in the city? Urban Beekeeping and Hive Mind: – BBC Earth Unplugged

To celebrate the release of the Cities episode of Planet Earth II, Maddie Moate went down to East London to meet the beekeeper Chris from Barnes & Webb who manages a selection of beehives across the city. Continue reading

Deforestration – Teacher Demo

 

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This demo is part of the STAO demo collection available free of charge on our website.

 

Primary industry has been important to the Canadian economy for hundreds of years. In particular, the vast forests in British Columbia and Ontario provide the raw materials for a billion-dollar industry. Forests are also environmentally important as they remove carbon dioxide from the air and replenish the atmosphere with oxygen. Each forest is a diverse community of different plant and animal species. In addition, the roots of trees and vegetation help to absorb water, limiting rain runoff and reducing soil erosion.

There are a several different logging practices, each with economic and environmental advantages and disadvantages:

  • • Clear cutting: involves the removal of all trees and vegetation in the area. Although it is the cheapest method of logging, the environmental impact is severe.
  • • Shelter-wood cutting is the staged harvesting of strips of trees. Seed-bearing trees are left to regenerate and wind damage is reduced but erosion along the strips is still a problem.
  • • Patch cutting involves selectively cutting 100-200 ha patches of trees, leaving connectivity between the remaining forest. It is costly because specialized equipment is required, but less environmentally damaging.
  • • Selective cutting is the removal of only the most desirable trees from the forest. This has the least impact on the forest however it is very costly.

This demonstration simulates the effects of the removal of vegetation on erosion of soil in an ecosystem.deforestration

Click here to download the complete demo…..

Happy Earth Day!!!!!!!

This week, people from around the world will gather to support environmental protection and celebrate Acts of Green. Whether you join in a local conversation, incorporate sustainability curriculum into your classroom, or take a moment to review your own carbon footprint, we hope that this week (and the ones to follow!) leave you inspired to live in a way that protects our planet for generations to come.

From Wood to Wing to Classroom

Using a real-world biofuels project as a K-12 teaching moment

Educators know the power of an authentic performance task, a task where students are asked to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding, and proficiency in a relevant, genuine context.

For example, the culminating activity in Facing the Future’s middle and high school energy curricula, Fueling Our Futureis a stakeholder meeting. In this performance task, students are asked to use what they have learned about biofuels, sustainability, and communication to negotiate and to create a policy recommendation for a sustainable biofuel mix in the Pacific Northwest. In the coming months, the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) will be participating in a performance task of their own– the production of 1,000 gallons of bio-jet fuel made from wood and a demonstration flight with Alaska Airlines!

In 2011, NARA was awarded a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to research and develop a sustainable supply chain for aviation biofuel in the Pacific Northwest (USA). Since then, this alliance of universities, government labs, and private industry has been evaluating the feasibility and sustainability of using forest residuals, or slash from logging operations, as feedstock for bio-jet fuel and co-products. Not only will this 1,000 gallons of biofuel demonstrate 5 years of learning and research, it could also provide evidence for stakeholders around the world that the science and markets are ready with viable and regional alternatives to petroleum-based fuels.

To help prepare students and teachers around the PNW for this emerging field of bioenergy, the NARA education team has been working to promote (bio)energy literacy through the development of educational resources and programs.

Read the full story on our Facing the Future blog.

Apply Now to Become a Peer Educator

Since 2003, Facing the Future has worked with a network of teachers who evaluate our programs in their classrooms and share Facing the Future curriculum at workshops through our Peer Educator program.

Peer Educator Program Benefits:

  • Receive a stipend of $500 upon completion of the requirements and program
  • Gain access to our online community of Peer Educators and tools and resources for workshops
  • Contribute your insights and knowledge to a growing body of sustainability education resources
  • Receive free copies of the featured Facing the Future curriculum
  • Gain recognition as a leader in education for sustainability

Interested in learning more? Check out our program description page, or apply now by clicking below.

Upcoming Events
We encourage you to check out this Global Classroom workshop presented by the World Affairs Council of Seattle, WA:

Displacement, Resettlement, and Responding
to the Global Refugee Crisis

April 20, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Antioch University, Seattle Campus
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The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) invites you to their upcoming event in Seattle, WA:

The 2nd Northwest Wood-Based Biofuels + Co-Products Conference, Education Track: Bioenergy Literacy in STEM Education
May 3-4, 2016
Seattle Airport Marriott
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