According to a survey conducted by Amnesty International in 2019, Gen Z ranks climate change as the most vital issue facing the world today. With a generation so empowered, connected, empathetic and determined to make a difference in the world, it is crucial to have concrete examples and tools to teach them about conservation and sustainability.
When our education team and teachers at Florida Virtual School (FLVS) started developing our brand new environmental science course, we knew we wanted to partner with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, which conducts scientific research and organizes educational programs aimed at conserving the marine environment. , as well as funds from affiliated researchers and educators to better understand our ocean ecosystem and help foster the next generation of marine conservationists.
By partnering with the foundation, we can teach students about sustainability and conservation through real life examples and activities so that they can relate to the environment around them. This is important for student success, as we want them to be involved in the lessons and master the content, while feeling excited and passionate about the work they are doing.
In fact, almost every page of the course includes real-life examples and hands-on, call-to-action, and enrichment activities that immerse students in case studies of environmental issues and success stories around the world. In addition, the course presents these examples through integrated content including audio, videos, quizzes, games, etc., so that students interact with the lessons and deepen their understanding. Below we have described some of these real life examples included in the course and the importance of showing students how they can have a positive impact on the environment.
The ocean against plastic
One of the topics covered in the course is the impact of the plastic we throw in the garbage on the ocean. Students who grow up in coastal areas likely have a better understanding of the ocean and its people, as they can experience sea-related activities first-hand. However, those who live farther from the ocean may not be. able to fully visualize what is happening in the marine environment. What’s exciting is that we can take students from anywhere in the world to the ocean thanks to the course videos provided by our scientists at the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.