Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Ms. Bruno's students continue to learn more about the environment and journalism this semester. EarthScope Media's Catriona McGregor introduced the English Literature Class to the Marc Reisner book Cadillac Desert. The book explores water issues and land development in the Western United States.
Watershed Biologist Preston Brown knows a lot about water use issues. The Project Manager with the Turtle Island Restoration and Watershed Network introduced the students to some of the issues that California's once bountiful salmon populations now face. "Salmon are a keystone species" Brown said, "so many animals and plants depend on a healthy salmon population for food and for nutrients." Students got to ask questions about the salmon life cycle, which salmon are okay to eat, and what they can do to help preserve local salmon species. They also took turns learning how to record Brown's presentation to use for their radio stories.
Brown encouraged the students to "visit a state or regional park, take a hike, or have a picnic, enjoy the outdoors." Getting to know nature is the first step in learning to care for it.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
EarthScope Media is teaming up again this winter with Ms. Bruno's class at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley. 25 students recently joins a field trip to The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco where they learned about Ocean Acidification and sustainable building practices.Matthew Tucker, a Public Programs Presenter at the academy, explained how important the planet's oceans are to our habitat on land. Tucker described how CO2 emissions enter ocean water making it more acidic and harmful to shell fish. Tucker said small habit changes could make a big difference in the amount of carbon emissions, "If everyone in the U.S. did laundry with cold water instead of warm water, 30 million tons of CO2 would be eliminated each year. That's the equivalent of taking 5 million cars off the road!"