Climate Change, Floods, Wild Fires, Endangered Species - Will Humans Survive?
Climate change and the biodiversity crisis sound scary but how will they actually impact humans? Explore in-depth why humanity needs nature to survive through the lens of ecosystem services. #academic
US Grade 6 - 9
There are many things that nature does for us that we don't notice or appreciate. For example forests supply us with clean water and clean air. They hold the soil in place and regulate the temperature of the earth. It is not possible to predict what would happen if we lost these ecosystem services but it is clear that life on earth would be much more difficult for humanity. In this class, I demonstrate why we must protect nature, not just for all the cute and cuddly creatures that we love,...
Biology, Ecology, Ecosystems, Ecosystem services, Erosion, Flooding, Food Security, Drought, Climate change, Biodiversity, Diversity, Endangered Species, Hydrology, Topsoil, Geology, Agriculture, Farming,
I currently sit on the advisory committee for the Shao Shan Temple Community Garden which works with community members of all ages to create a nourishing space for mindfulness practice, community engagement, and to provide fresh local veggies for the temple programs and the local food shelf. I received my Outdoor Leadership Certificate from Hanfl Center for Outdoor Education and Environmental Study in 2019 along with an Advanced Wilderness First Aid Certificate. I had the privilege of managing the gardens at the Art Monastery, which is dedicated to cultivating personal awakening and cultural transformation through art making, spiritual practice, and reciprocity with the earth. I managed volunteers to grow local organic food using ecologically informed techniques. And I am currently planning native perennial pollinator gardens to be planted at their facilities next spring. I have been teaching English abroad for the last three years. I have a TESOL certificate to teach English as a second language. I have traveled to Thailand and India while teaching English as a second language. During my Ecology and Agriculture major at Hampshire College I volunteered with Help Yourself Northampton to plant Public Access Food Forests in public spaces around the city. This involved working with the local government to approve such plantings and educating the general public about the importance of food security, food access, and the ecological benefits of diverse gardens as apposed to lawns. I had the privilege of working alongside youth volunteers, talking with them about ecology and gardening as we planted an edible garden next to a bike path in the center of town. I got to work side by side with young people from my community and understand their relationship to food and nature. I had the privilege of volunteering for Fresh New London; their mission is empowering youth, connecting community and growing food to dismantle systemic oppression and build food sovereignty. Again I had the amazing opportunity to work alongside high school students in the area to talk about gardening and the environment, but also to understand the local community and the needs of a diverse population. We worked to grow culturally relevant food options like Ahi Dulce, a popular sweet pepper from Latin America. I have also had the opportunity to volunteer at Nuestras Raices, a grassroots urban agriculture organization based in Holyoke, MA. Their mission is to create healthy environments, celebrate “agri-culture,” harness collective energy, and to advance a vision of a just and sustainable future. We worked together with the understanding that cultivating youth leadership can powerfully influence policy and systems change. I also had the wonderful opportunity to assist with a nature based after school program at Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School which used nature games and nature based arts and crafts to teach K-4th grade students about basic ecological principles and basic outdoors skills. We ran activities such as identifying the signs of spring, looking at animal tracks, and building simple shelters to let kids connect with nature, get out of the classroom, and develop useful outdoors skills. During my six month apprenticeship at Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center in San Francisco, CA I had the opportunity to meet with local high school students to talk with them about mindfulness, meditation, and organic farming during community outreach programs at the farm. During my time at Hampshire College I worked with the organization Real Food Challenge which is dedicated to mobilizing young people to redefine real food and build a food system that benefits everyone. I worked with youth leaders from around the country to advocate for more ethically and sustainably sourced foods to be served in dining halls in schools around the country. I was one of the original members of the Pioneer Valley Workers Center Farmworker Organizing Committee. They are pursuing a future in which workers, immigrants, and all people of color, revolutionize the way that we feed and sustain themselves. My role included organizing childcare and education for the farmworker meetings so that the parents could meet and discuss strategies to improve working conditions at local farms. I was lucky to present at the 2017 Northeast Organic Farmers Association about soil grown sprouts and the environmental benefits of growing fresh greens at home rather than buying them from farms across the country. I have had the privilege of taking a permaculture design course with Eric Toensmeier, the award-winning author of Edible Forest Gardens and Carbon Farming, and an appointed lecturer at Yale University, and international lecturer. I studied ecosystem mimicry in food production and we discussed innovative techniques to grow food, sequester carbon, and sustain wildlife.
50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
This class will discuss natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, drought, heat waves, dust storms, and wildfires. It will also discuss endangered species and extinction events.
I have consulted the following primary and secondary sources while designing this class: Peer Reviewed Publications: Bennett, J.M., Steets, J.A., Burns, J.H. et al. Land use and pollinator dependency drives global patterns of pollen limitation in the Anthropocene. Nature Communications 11, 3999 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-17751-y Ceballos, Gerardo, Paul R. Ehrlich, and Rodolfo Dirzo. "Biological annihilation via the ongoing sixth mass extinction signaled by vertebrate population losses and declines." Proceedings of the national academy of sciences 114.30 (2017): E6089-E6096. Cowie, R.H., Bouchet, P. and Fontaine, B. (2022), The Sixth Mass Extinction: fact, fiction or speculation?. Biological Reviews, 97: 640-663. https://doi.org/10.1111/brv.12816 Leal Filho, Walter, et al. "Reviewing the role of ecosystems services in the sustainability of the urban environment: A multi-country analysis." Journal of Cleaner Production 262 (2020): 121338. Lewis, S., Maslin, M. Defining the Anthropocene. Nature 519, 171–180 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/nature14258 Racki, Grzegorz. "Big 5 mass extinctions." Encyclopedia of geology (2020): 1-14. Singh, J. S. “The Biodiversity Crisis: A Multifaceted Review.” Current Science, vol. 82, no. 6, 2002, pp. 638–47. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/24106689. Accessed 21 Sep. 2022. Secondary Sources: Carrington, Damian. (2017), "Earth's Sixth Mass Extinction Event Under Way, Scientists Warn." The Gaurdian. Brown, Tyson. (2022), "Anthropocene." The National Geographic Society, Resource Library, Encyclopedia Entry.
Meet the teacher
Biology was my favorite subject in high school, but the textbook curriculum left me with many unanswered questions about the natural world. My specialty is teaching advanced natural sciences using metaphor and an interactive teaching style that...
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2-8 learners per class