Blade Shepherd-Jones led students through a hands-on study of the hazards of marine debris. Students explored the effects of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch on the marine animals native to the Hawaiian islands and their beachfront community. Their study culminated in student-led nature clean-ups, after which students made sculptures from debris depicting animals affected by marine pollution. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
ENVIRONMENT Thousands of South Pacific islanders will leave for permanent resettlement as one of the most active volcanoes in the world gets ready to rumble. (Guardian) Why is the South Pacific erupting? Use our resource to learn a little about the Ring of Fire. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas Manaro Voui is a … Continue reading Island of No Return. Literally.
ENVIRONMENT The biggest oil tanker spill in more than 25 years has released huge amounts of an unusual type of petroleum to the Western Pacific. (Nature) Learn more about oil spills and their impact on the environment with our collection of activities, maps, and other resources. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas On January 6, … Continue reading Why is the Oil Spill in the East China Sea Frustrating Scientists?
ENVIRONMENT At the Pacific Ocean’s largest green sea turtle rookery, a crisis is unfolding—up to 99% of the turtles are female. (National Geographic) Download and print your own coloring page of a sea turtle. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The groundbreaking new study examines the sex ratio of a large population of green sea … Continue reading All the Single Ladies
ENVIRONMENT The Palauan government recently instituted a mandatory ‘eco-pledge’ for tourists—in the form of a passport stamp. (National Geographic) What did our Pristine Seas team find in Palau? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. PALAU PLEDGE Children of Palau I take this pledge, as your guest, to preserve and protect your beautiful and unique island home. I … Continue reading The ‘Palau Pledge’ Puts Ecology First