Atmospheric Integrated Research at University of California, Irvine

Davis et al help build UN's Earth School

Date: 
Wed, 04/22/2020

On Earth Day 2020, the United Nations launched a new environmental education program for the world’s 1.5 billion youth who are confined to their homes due to COVID-19.  Earth School — sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme and TED-Ed and supported by global organizations such as UNESCO, the National Geographic Society, and the World Wildlife Fund — include teaching modules developed and delivered by faculty from three UCI schools, including AirUCI faculty Steve Davis.   
 
Along with Steve, UCI faculty involved in crafting the curricula include Bill Tomlinson, professor of informatics and Richard Matthew, professor of urban planning & public policy and faculty director of UCI’s Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation.  UCI’s involvement in Earth School dates back several months according to James Bullock, dean of the School of Physical Sciences. “An interdisciplinary team of faculty had been holding regular Friday meetings to build on a sustainability project we call Solutions That Scale,” he said. “When we learned of this U.N. program to help kids in coronavirus lockdown learn about climate and the environment, we quickly saw ways to use concepts and content we had already created to contribute to learning modules."  The modules help kids learn about Earth’s natural resources, sustainable design, and what they can do to protect nature.  Read about Earth School