Spring into Action

Activities for lockdown learning: episode 5


Looking at the present
Learn how to make a quadrat to observe and record what plants and insects are in a specific area.
You can save some common flowers and leaves by making a home made flower press following instructions from South London Botanical institute.

Looking to the future
The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) has developed activities to inspire you to Draw your Zero Carbon View and hold a Family Summit to celebrate the earth.

Thames21 use quadrats collecting Big Wet Wipe Count data.

Connecting with oceans…

Seals in the Thames Estuary – photo for the ZSL annual seal survey.

Scroll down, down and down even further to discover what animals are found in the deepest depths of the Deep Sea.

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) are running a Digital Ocean School with new resources plus facebook and instagram live sessions every Tuesday. Tues 2nd June is plastic pollution followed by circular economies on Tues 9th June.

Spring Action:
Take part in the SAS #ReturnToOffender digital campaign – photograph branded items of litter you see and share on social media to highlight which companies are the worst offenders and help SAS demand change.

Ocean Wise from the Vancouver Aquarium has creative activities and resources for ages 3 – 18 years old, including self directed Ocean Literacy courses for students and educators.

A major threat to our oceans, and the animals and people that rely on them is ocean acidification. The video titled How Carbon Dioxide Kills Ocean Life (3 mins) on this page explains what this means and offers a solution.

Most street drains flow straight into the nearest river or ocean.

Explore… Rights

Human Rights:
The UNICEF Rights for Respecting Schools programme is publishing an Article of the Week remote learning pack. It is designed for teachers but parents can tailor the presentations and activities as well.
Discover Human Rights Stories by Amnesty International with work sheets for younger and older primary school learners.

Spring Challenge:
The last article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is Article 30 – ‘No One Can Take Away Your Human Rights’
Before you click the link, think about, or have a conversation about what other fundamental rights you think humans should have.

Write a list a what rights you think animals and nature should have.

Rights of the Planet:
The planet or ‘mother earth’ has rights too.

This video (1 min) poetically sums up Bolivia’s Law for Mother Nature.

For secondary students – The Young People’s Trust for the Environment have a set of fact sheets explaining the term ‘ecocide’ – crimes against the natural world.
For older students – The Stop Ecocide website has a new video called ‘Can You Imagine…?

Painting of Mother Earth by Jenness Cortez Perlmutter
City lights in Northern Europe – image taken from space

Learning resources…

For adults: Future Learn hosts 60 free online courses by universities and organisations on nature and the environment.

For all ages: NASA at home has a whole world of activities, podcasts, e-books and virtual tours to explore.