Share learning resources on Environment Day05/06/2013
Science teachers have a world of environmental resources to tap into
Today is World Environment Day, set aside by the United Nations Environment Programme with a special focus on global food waste.
The UN Food and Agriculture Programme estimates that globally, one third of all food is wasted every year.
In developing countries, more than 40% of food waste happens on farms, during storage, and in processing. But in first world countries, about the same amount of food waste occurs in homes and in stores.
Yet the UN estimates that 70% of the world’s freshwater resources go in to global food production, which also accounts for 80% of the world’s deforestation.
When it comes to international focus-days like this one, science teachers looking for classroom resources have a goldmine at their fingertips.
Environmental and science organisations are sharing their class plans, project ideas and links online, and many can be adapted for a New Zealand context.
Some classroom ideas include:
Study compost and how this can reduce waste - here's a compost video (youtube)
Research different food preservation techniques
Enter the Nordic-Baltic ad campaign media competition
Take part in a collaborative film-making project
Study these 21 inspiring global initiatives to reduce waste
Calculate energy use for different households using this energy calculator