Curated teacher's resource. Share the importance of protecting the earth with your students. Classroom activity focusing on eco heroes in observance of Earth Day.
The following Earth Day lesson plan was created by MY HERO Teacher and Learning Circle Director Laura Nietzer, and features eco heroes.
Students watch this film and then consider discussion questions. (9 minutes running time)
Earth Day was established in 1970 with teach-ins and demonstrations, to focus attention on the protection of the earth. It has been called the birth of the modern environmental movement. Earth Day was established in 1970 with teach-ins and demonstrations, to focus attention on the protection of the earth. It has been called the birth of the modern environmental movement.
Almost half a century later, Earth Day has become more important than ever. Scientific research has shown that human activity causes environmental emergencies such as global warming, plastic pollution, water scarcity, reduction of plant and wildlife populations, deforestation, habitat loss, trafficking and poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution, pesticides, and more.
The following MY HERO pages feature eco heroes who are protecting the earth for future generations, and creating a cleaner, greener future.
Berta Cáceres rallied her indigenous Lenca people to wage a grassroots protest that successfully pressured the government of Honduras and the world's largest dam builder to withdraw from building the Agua Zarca Dam.
Students read curated stories about individuals who have made a difference in their environment and consider the discussion questions.
MacGillivray Family founded the non-profit
MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation.
1. How are these environmentalists examples that an ordinary person can make a difference?
2. What character traits do these individuals share?
3. How are these environmental issues still relevant today?
4. What environmental issues are you motivated to work towards improving? What can you do?
After having a discussion about these individuals and the positive impact they made for the environment, students will have a deeper understanding of the importance of protecting the environment and how one person can make a difference, hopefully being inspired to address an environmental issue important to their own lives.
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Organizer created on 3/14/2019 12:01:43 AM by Xenia Shin
Last edited 4/26/2019 3:17:47 PM by Laura Nietzer