Our Small Blue Planet

From the White House Eco Kids

Because this one small, blue, planet is our home, it is our responsibility to care for it. Our population is growing and our demands on Earth’s resources are increasing. There are approximately 7,077,000,000 people living on the Earth currently and our population is increasing yearly.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_population. 78% of the planet is covered in water with only 2.5% of that fresh water to support all of us. 22% of the earth’s surface is land however only 4% of that land can support growing crops to feed our population.

As stewards of the environment, there are many things we can do to help promote planet health. Here are 5 tasks to begin your journey as a planetary overseer.

Our small blue planet project is a green project. All papers are worked on, stored, and submitted electronically, so no paper is used except for the initial worksheet to help you keep assignments organized.

This project is the only project where you can earn more points working with your family. The more proof you bring in or forward to me via email, of projects  accomplished together with your family, the more points each task is worth.

Send all assignments electronically via email to christina_tweed@sarasota.k12.fl.us or submit them to me via a thumb or flash drive.

Task #1: Create a city on http://www.planitgreenlive.com/ join up with the class (my town is called JoyfulSwiftLand, send me a friend request) and grow your city green by learning what it takes to run a healthy community. At the end of the quarter (by May 30) you will write a one page report via MYSCS (word document or Powerpoint slide show) on the changes you have made to your buildings and your city to make it green. What is you city’s green rating? Green House Effect

Task 2 :  You and your family choose what activity you would like to do:

Assemble an energy report for your family and your home.

  1. You will need an adult to help you fill out these reports. Please e-print  ( not on paper) the results of one of these reports for your portfolio.
    A.http://www.fpl.com/residential/energy_saving/programs/ohes.shtml
    B.http://www.nature.org/greenliving/carboncalculator/index.htm
    C. Investigate what Florida Power and Light has to say about Clean Energy  and the Energy Star program.
  2. Watch the National Geographic Channel’s Years of Living Dangerously or Education Channel’s Florida Journal Florida Field Journals
  3. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s site to learn more about reusing, reducing, and recycling. Write a detailed report on what you and your family currently do to reuse, reduce, and recycle. Please use those key words along with repair, exchange or borrow, compost and green scape and use of electronics as subheadings for each section of your report. http://www.epa.gov/recycle/In class, we will watch KilowattOurs to learn more about how we can do our part.

Task 3 :

  1. 1. Watch these two short videos “World Population”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_9SutNmfFk  and Earth’s Energy TED Talk video with your family and think about the historical timeline we have discussed in class. Discuss this video with someone at home.
  2. 2. Make the commitment to do your part. Very few of us do all we can to be good caretakers of our small blue planet. Visit http://energyquest.ca.gov/index.html to help you learn more about energy sources. Write a description of steps you will take to improve your carbon footprint now and tell me how you will run your “ideal” household when you are an adult with your own home.

Task 4: Your choice

  1. Family Field trip! Visit Sarasota County’s Waste Management site and see first hand where your garbage goes. Take a picture of yourself there and write a short paper of what you thought about it. Play the recycle game http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/games/actiongames/recycle-roundup/
  2. Galimoto! Reuse found items (absolutely no bought items) to make something useful or a toy. Galimoto Pintrest is a great site for ideas pinterest/galimoto or create an instument to play for the class.Landfill – Harmonic
  3. Pack a “waste free” lunch for three weeks straight. ( Mrs. Tweed must see it each day)
  4. Money talks. People who care about the environment research companies and only shop at those places that are environmentally thoughtful. Many environmentalists will only buy gas at Sunoco. Why do you think that is? Write a paper on how to be a green shopper.http://www.epa.gov/osw/education/pubs/shopping.htm
  5. Family Field trip,  visit the Riverview Planetarium they post an online schedule or visit the Florida House in Sarasota or an outdoor celebration at a National or county park such as  Oscar Scherer State Park . Provide some type of proof of attending or take a picture to include in your portfolio.   http://friendsofoscarscherer.com/events
  6. Schedule an energy report with FPL . They will visit your home and draw up a personal report for you. Bring in some kind of proof of their visit.
  7. Extra Credit: Please visit all the links on this page and have a family member write about your experience.

Task 5: Complete all renewable energy activities during culminating, in-school, solar lab exploration. http://www.fsec.ucf.edu/en/

GET INVOLVED   Here are some links to resources Sarasota County has available to its residence. The first link is an excellent resource for classes sponcerd by the county to help you raise chickens, grow a garden, and many other things.

Eco Kids

Earthday Games

http://sarasota.ifas.ufl.edu/

http://sarasota.ifas.ufl.edu/Sustain/Energy-IV/energy-IV.html

http://gardens.usf.edu/data/beekeeping-workshop.pdf

http://floridabeekeepers.org/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u96-EblEUec

http://naba.org/

http://butterflygardening.wordpress.com/

White House Energy

Earth Day