Saturday marks World Environment Day and the theme this year is ‘Reimagine, Recreate, Restore’. This theme encourages us to understand that we cannot turn back time and that severe damage has been done to our environment, but that there are things that we can do to help restore the environment and make peace with nature.
The initiative’s website has some great features that are fantastic for educating students and encouraging them to think about the importance of various ecosystems, consider the damage that has been done to them and begin to imagine what we can all do to help redress the balance.
This is also something that you can integrate into your next school trip, particularly if your next school trip has a geography focus.
For example, on a school trip to Iceland, you can choose to visit Solheimajökull glacier. This glacier is one of the best monitored in the world and so we know how quickly it’s melting. Your local guide will be able to show your students just how much the glacier has melted in recent years – an unforgettable physical example of climate change.
Iceland also offers students the exciting opportunity for your students to learn how the country has harnessed its natural geothermal activity to provide sustainable energy.
But, of course, you don’t have to travel abroad to see the effects of climate change. In Cornwall, the Eden Project offers a great range of workshops for visiting school groups, with subjects including the sustainability, eco-tourism and the threats facing biodiversity.
For more inspiration, check out our geography school trips!