Here’s an advance look at some of the “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events coming up this week. For each date, we’ve matched it with a map or visual, background information, and a classroom activity so you can plan ahead.
Tuesday, March 21
Created by the UN in 2012, this day acknowledges the critical role forests play in providing clean air and protecting biodiversity around the world.
Wednesday, March 22
The 1985 agreement to protect the ozone paved the way for the later Montreal Protocol which restricted ozone-depleting substances.
Background: What is the ozone layer?
Friday, March 24
Many species still have not recovered from the 1989 oil spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska.
Background: Collection of resources about oil spills
Activity: Using this timeline of recovery for species affected by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, discuss how the Prince William Sound ecosystem was damaged.
Saturday, March 25
A major ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula collapsed in 2008, providing clear evidence of global warming.
Background: Photos, facts, and information about ice sheets
Activity: Climate Change and Rising Seas
Sunday, March 26
Relations between Egypt and Israel have remained peaceful since the 1979 treaty which forced Israel to withdraw from the Sinai Peninsula.