We’re getting ready for another exciting year of hands-on environmental learning in schoolyards and classrooms throughout Rockland this fall and the coming spring.
In 2022, KRB brought Earth BEAT to Cottage Lane, Haverstraw, RP Connor, and Viola Elementary Schools, as well as the Haverstraw Center and Martin Luther King Multi-Purpose Center. Students, teachers, parents, and administrators agree – Earth BEAT is a great day of energized learning and fun that brings mindfulness to the beauty all around in the natural world and to the many ways we can all do our part to protect the health of the environment and our communities.
Many thanks to the school staff, parent volunteers, and our partners at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland and the Rockland Soil & Water Conservation District for making it all happen!
Stay tuned. We’ll be sharing just a few of the inspired ‘public service announcements’ created by the 6th grade students at Haverstraw Elementary School following their participation in Earth BEAT.
KRB’s newest Earth BEAT Eco-Station Shrink Your Carbon Footprint: Small Steps for Big Impact! empowers and inspires kids to take action to make a difference in reducing air pollution affecting our health and the greenhouse gas emissions contributing to climate change and its devastating effects.
In this high-energy activity, students work in small groups to learn how they can shrink their carbon footprint by taking steps to reduce their consumption of electricity and single-use products, and consider alternatives to fossil fuel burning methods of transportation. A short skit created by each group demonstrates their chosen actions. Their peers call out the message and then watch the giant footprint shrink.
Through their participation in this fun, hands-on activity, kids become aware of how their own behavior and choices can contribute to solutions, and how the power of their voice now and into the future can drive systemic change that addresses waste at its source.
We are proud and honored to have co-written our newest Eco-Station with Kottie-Christie Blick. Kottie is a skilled education consultant, university course instructor, award-winning classroom teacher (recently retired from Cottage Lane Elementary School), member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Planet Stewards Program, and webmaster of the popular website,KidsAgainstClimateChange.com. Check out this great resource!
Many thanks to Maria Vega-Cabrera and her 5th grade class, as well as Jacob Tanenbaum, Abby Rudin, and the administration at Cottage Lane Elementary School, for helping us pilot Shrink Your Carbon Footprint.
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Don’t Miss Columbia University Lamont-Doherty’s Open House at Home, October 19 – 22, 2020.
Whether you’re an aspiring young scientist or a long-time science enthusiast, you’re sure to enjoy the events and activities. Join in on for virtual lab tours, participate in hands-on earth science activities with Lamont’s scientists from home, and learn from world-renowned researchers about their latest discoveries.
Open House is free and open to the public, with a $5 suggested donation.
What we eat, where it comes from, and how its produced has an enormous impact on the environment and on human health. Our food system is dominated by industrial agriculture comprised of monoculture fields and concentrated animal factories. The industry makes intensive use of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers that contaminate and pollute our air, soil and water. Read more
Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time. It is seen in the droughts, fires, floods and spread of dangerous invasives and disease that are impacting us today. These environmental impacts are intimately linked to the health and economic and social well-being of everyone, but they are disproportionately affecting the poor – often people of color – here at home and around world. We have an opportunity and a responsibility to understand the science of climate change and its impacts. We can all act individually and collectively to reduce our carbon footprint and create resilient, sustainable communities for all.
To learn more about the science of climate change and its impacts: