Ms. Maggies Earth Adventures

Ms. Maggies Earth Adventures

Ms. Maggie’s Earth Adventures creates online, environmentally focused learning materials for school-aged learners.   The stories and activities that comprise each unit in Maggie’s Earth Adventures are presented to introduce students to actual environmental issues and to motivate students to delve deeper into the issues presented. In the Fall of 2010, Ms. Maggie’s featured two lessons focused on Nature Needs Half — language arts/science activities and math activities tailored to different levels of learners.  The materials are distributed to a network of over 20,000 teachers in both English and Spanish (approx 1,000 of those teachers primarily use the Spanish materials). In the language arts/science activity students read an article about the importance of green space in metropolitan areas, highlighting Nature Needs Half. Follow-up activities include questions designed to scaffold learning to further develop content area comprehension skills. The activity is available on the primary and intermediate levels. A companion emergent level activity is also available. The WAP correlates with Content Standard F, Science in Personal and Social Perspectives of the National Science Standards. In the match activity, students are asked to think like a city planner, and put their math skills to the test of figuring out how to improve our “Green Lungs” and harmonize the space for people, forests, wildlife, and water based on Nature Needs Half.  This activity is available on the primary and intermediate levels. Here is a brief excerpt from the language arts lesson: “Everyone needs clean water and food from the land. Too often we forget that nature is really the source of all life. What we get from the store or tap is only...
Save Half the Planet, or Lose It All

Save Half the Planet, or Lose It All

Press on the Nature Needs Half launch, written by Stephen Leahy on IPS news. MÉRIDA, Mexico, Nov 17, 2009 (IPS) – At least half the planet must be protected if humanity is to survive the next century, declared conservationists at the conclusion of 9th World Wilderness Congress on Friday, Nov. 13. “That is what the science said, this is what many aboriginal people say,” said Harvey Locke, the Wild Foundation’s vice president of conservation strategy. “It’s time to speak the simple truth: The whole thing unravels without protecting at least half of the planet,” said Locke. A leading economic report released in Brussels also on Nov. 13 pegged the cost of the ongoing loss and degradation of nature’s “infrastructure” at a staggering 2.5 trillion to 4.5 trillion dollars a year. The enormous challenges humanity faces this century – like a warming planet, freshwater shortages, pollution, declining fisheries, desertification and unsustainable food production – cannot be solved without protecting more than 50 percent of Earth’s land and oceans, Locke told IPS. Protection doesn’t necessarily mean more national parks, but a ban on resource extraction and all forms of development. “We all know we aren’t sustainably managing the Earth,” he told participants at the WILD9 congress, a partnership between the WILD Foundation, an international, non-governmental non-profit based in the United States, and Unidos para la Conservación, a conservation organisation in Mexico. “It is time for us to state clearly the scale of conservation intervention needed to make the 21st century one of hope instead of despair,” he said. This ambitious vision is based on the current science, said eminent conservation scientist...
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