On January 11, 1908, our 26th U.S. President, Theodore Roosevelt declared the Grand Canyon a national monument. President Roosevelt was remarkable in his foresight. He knew the historical, ecological, and recreational value of the site. Find out for yourself. Take the U.S. National Park Service’s Virtual Tour of the Grand Canyon and discover the wonders that archeologists, naturalists, and hikers experience when they move through the park.
Earth Day is here again. Treehuggers unite! What? You’ve never heard of it? Well now, that’s hard to believe. It’s an event originated by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin as an environmental teach-in back in 1970. Since that time, the event has gained support around the globe. Today, a number of organizations are using websites to get the message out and engage the inhabitants of our planet. It’s a bountiful bonanza for global citizens, teachers, and pupils everywhere. For example, educators and students could visit:
- The Nature Conservancy’s compelling Earth Day 2009 site
- The Earth Day Network–Every day for Everybody. By the way, what’s your ecological footprint?
- EarthDay.gov, the portal for U.S. Government Events & Information
- Earth Day via the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
- The Wilderness Society’s rich repository of Earth Day (educational) resources.
- Speaking of resources, many people are wondering where the wealth is and how long all of it will last.
However, not everyone thinks there should be an Earth Day. An article in Newsweek suggest that it may be time to rethink our fascination with a once-a-year, feel good environmental day.
Also worth noting: Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is enhancing its Green Computing Leadership Initiative. The initiative recognizes efforts by technology leaders to reduce their system’s environmental impact. Get ready for the new EPEAT certification program for purchasing. The move is part of a concentrated effort to focus on energy saving efforts, proper computer disposal and use of computers to reduce waste. Schools and districts who achieve certification will be recognized on CoSN’s Green Computing website as well as the EPEAT website, and will receive a CoSN and EPEAT green computing certificates.