Earth Day Turns 46 – It’s Global – Is it Part of Your World Language Classes?
Friday, April 22, 2016, marks the 46th Earth Day. Started in 1970, by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, to raise awareness of environmental pollution and elevate the issues on a national level. Grassroots efforts and blasts via the wire services (no social media-remember?) ignited our nation with teach-ins, rallies and events across the county including NYC, Chicago, and Los Angeles. This effort resulted in the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency and significant legislative measures to improve the environment in the U.S.
Fast forward to 1990. Earth Day goes global with over 200 million people in 140 countries participating. According to the Earth Day Network (EDN), today more than 1 billion people around the globe are involved in Earth Day activities.
Is Earth Day part of your curriculum? How do you involve your world language students in Earth Day global issues? Please share your insights, ideas, lessons, and feedback on how your students are engaged in these important issues on Earth Day and beyond…
Some resources for Earth Day focus topics and lesson ideas:
- Five Activities to Celebrate Earth Day in Spanish (Thank you MAFLA!)
- U.S. News & World Report – Earth Day Images Around the World
- Earth Day Activities – French – Pinterest
- Earth Day 2016 in Sicily
- Environmental Protection Agency – Earth Day Ideas, Resources, Lessons
- Edutopia – Earth Day: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas
- ScienceNetLinks – Lessons, Resources, Audio, Video on Global Topics