Scientist's Scoop: How to bring Earth Day to everyday?
On April 21, 2017, we celebrated Earth Day! Students took on the role of being Planet Heroes as they were challenged to design and implement solutions to benefit wildlife, ecosystems, local and global communities through one surprising avenue - our food systems!
Planet Earth is an incredible, and unique, place in our solar system. It is the only place that supports a diverse life system! Earth has been able to support and take care of life: plants and animals (including humans). So, how do we humans take care of Earth just like it takes care of us?
In this 1-hour program we explored the innovation and ingenuity of individuals across the planet who are designing ways to support ecosystems and communities! Students from across the country built and reflected upon their own ideas on impacts of one of the biggest impacts on Earth’s ecosystems - feeding all humans. Throughout the program students were challenged to design simple, personal solutions for minimizing those impacts while meeting the needs of humans, other plants and animals on our planet. By the end of the program they had created their own Planet Hero Action Plan.
Specific challenges that students designed solutions for include: food choices, food waste, and packaging. For example, did you know that the number one thing that clogs landfills in the US is wasted food? Or, that it takes a half-of-a-football-field worth of space to feed just one person in the US? When you add all of those needs up, it’s easy to see why there is less space for important ecosystems that provide clean air, water filtration, and space for more living things.