The Watch – News You Can Use, July 3, 2019

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News you can use from NOAA Planet Stewards 

This 4th of July...

“So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom ring from the snow capped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California! But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee! Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.”

                                                    – Martin Luther King Jr.

Happy July and Independence Day! Did you know that July is also known as Plastics Free July! Now that is something we can  support as Planet Stewards! For the month ahead of us, here's some other news you can use!


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#10: OneNOAA Science Seminar Webinars

 Check out OneNOAA Science Seminar Calendar.  All NOAA webinar seminars are posted in Eastern Time here; please check its web page for the latest seminar updates open to the public via remote access. For instance, on July 9th at noon ET, the webinar will cover Ecosystems, Agriculture, and Rural Communities in a Changing Climate: Findings from the Fourth National Climate Assessment. 


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#9: The Great Red Snapper Count!

The Great Red Snapper Count! The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium is working with a team of scientists around the region on a massive study of Red Snapper. This citizen science opportunity is one where a lucky angler may be rewarded with $250 cash for each tag reported and returned in the Gulf of Mexico. There is even a great app, iSnapper, that allows you to help enter data as part of this historic citizen science study. 


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#8 and #7: NOAA Reports

 Interventions to Increase the Persistence and Resilience of Coral Reefs  and #8: NOAA's Ocean Economy Update are two recent reports of interest. The first focuses on a variety of intervention techniques to help communities conserve threatened reef resources, while the economic update covers the U.S. Ocean and Great Lakes economy.


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#6: Teachers on the Estuary Workshops

"Teachers on the Estuary" Workshop Opportunities this Summer. You can find a complete listing and descriptions of all the NOAA 'Teachers on the Estuary' workshops taking place around the country this summer on their workshop calendar web page.



#5 and #4: NOAA Photo Contests!

 NOAA's Office of Marine Sanctuaries Photo Contest 2019 is now in its 5th year and helps raise awareness about marine sanctuaries in a fun and informative way. Yet another worthwhile opportunity at #4: NOAA Habitat Photo Contest from NOAA FisheriesSubmit your winning coastal and marine habitat photos by July 22, 2019 as part of Habitat Month.


Okeanos Explorer! 

#3: Okenanos Explorer!

Welcome aboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos ExplorerMeet the ship, its ROV, and its Team, plus browse its current expeditions. The Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection was developed to encourage educators and students to become personally involved with the voyages and discoveries of NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. And make sure to check out its professional development opportunities, too!

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#2: Gulf Corps

Gulf Corps: Getting Things done in the Gulf of Mexico. This is a must-see video on The Nature Conservancy's program "Gulf Corps". They are working closely with NOAA on a new Gulf conservation effort. Talk about powerful; this will get you inspired.



#1: NOAA Summer-time Safety Gram

NOAA Summertime Safety Gram & Fireworks Tips! Yep, it's that time of the year. NOAA recommends keeping a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire and to douse used fireworks before discarding in trash. And always follow your area's fireworks laws and regulations! More on fireworks and summertime safety here.



Join the Plastic Free EcoChallenge this Month!

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Plastic Free EcoChallenge is a 31-day, global event to reduce and refuse single-use plastics. You are invite to create intention and take action on creating plastic-free habits with the thousands of others who have accepted the challenge. Share your progress, success, and reflections with fellow EcoChallengers, all while earning points for completed actions. The combination of collective inspiration, camaraderie, and friendly competition makes change a little easier - and a lot more fun. After all, progress is social!


World Ocean Radio Audio Episode Podcasts

World Ocean Radio is brought to you in collaboration with the World Ocean Observatory and offers independent, responsible, apolitical science, by advancing public understanding of ocean issues.  World Ocean Radio: Environmental Crime is now available in audio episode for listening here.


NGSS & Climate Justice 3-Part Webinar from ACE

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This summer, join ACE (Alliance for Climate Education) for a three-part teacher professional development webinar series, NGSS & Climate Justice. Using videos and lesson plans from Our Climate Our Future. This webinar series explores the concept of climate justice and how to incorporate it into your classroom. Webinars on July 23, July 30 and August 6 at 7:00-8:30 pm ET on Zoom. Continuing education credit available. Learn more HERE and register. now for this free set of webinars!

Climate Crisis and Your Health e-Book from Climate Reality

Learn more about the health risks of the climate crisis in a new e-book from Climate Reality, The Climate Crisis and Your Health: What You Need to Know.

Bottom line: Public health is threatened in critical ways by the climate crisis. But together, we can take action to fight back. Get your free download now.





2019 ESIP Summer Meeting July 16-19


Data to Action: Increasing the Use and Value of Earth Science Data and Information.  

For 20 years, Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) have brought together the most innovative thinkers and leaders in Earth observation data, forming a community dedicated to making Earth observations more discoverable, accessible and useful to researchers, practitioners, policymakers, educators and the public. Participants will learn how to put data in action in the classroom through using Jupyter Notebooks and other Earth science tools. Registration for teachers is $50, but those attending the meeting will receive a full refund plus a stipend of $200. A full registration will be given until June 10th. Register here.


National Marine Educators Association National Conference this July


The Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association is proud to host the National Marine Educators Association National Conference, July 21-25, 2019 at the University of New Hampshire campus in Durham, NH. The Association's mission is to make known the world of water both fresh and salt, and its annual conference brings together formal and informal marine educators from around the world, drawing 300-500 professionals for four days of learning, sharing, and networking. Hope to see you there! For more information and to register, click here.

MAMEA Mini Conference in Virginia Beach, Aug. 16 Rain or Shine


Mid-Atlantic Marine Education Assoc. aims to improve education about all aspects of marine and aquatic environments, and is a chapter of NMEA (above).  Become familiar with activities in the Project Learning Tree Southeastern Forests and Climate Change. Take a tour of the Brock Environmental center, a green building, and seine in the waters of the Lynnhaven River.  Participate in activities to help learners of all ages understand climate change and its relationship to forests. Receive copies of these activities.  Lunch is provided. Bring your laptop for curriculum downloads!  Register here by August 2nd.

Educating for a Just and Sustainable Future


NAAEE's 48th annual conference is focused on the many ways that education is helping to create a more just and sustainable future for all. Sessions will focus on the three interwoven pillars of sustainability—social equity, shared prosperity, and environmental integrity—as well as how education can build hope, motivate action, and help achieve the global Sustainable Development Goals championed by the United Nations. The Conference will be held in Lexington, Kentucky this year from October 16-19. Register here.

Biodiversity for Sustainable Agriculture Reports

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The air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat all rely on biodiversity – but the demands of a growing population and the practices of unsustainable agriculture are compromising access to humanity’s most basic needs. This was the message from two recent reports launched by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations' (FAO) publications: Biodiversity for Sustainable Agriculture and The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture. The reports detailed the impact of environmental degradation and the impact diminishing biodiversity has on vulnerable ecosystems and food systems, including agriculture and health. Once biodiversity is lost, we cannot recover it. Watch a panel discuss the reports here.




Environmental Education and the Sustainable Development Goals

The U.K.'s National Association for Environmental Education (NAEE) has recently published a series of curriculum guides for schools, including one titled Environmental Education and the Sustainable Development Goals. The report explores opportunities for primary and secondary school curricula to consider the Sustainable Development Goals, drawing on curriculum analysis and case studies from schools and NGOs. View this and NAEE's other recently published guides here.

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Heat Waves Are Here! Learn All About Them

We shared this from NOAA in winter, but now that heat waves are here, we thought we'd share it again. SciJinks is a NOAA educational website geared toward middle- and high-school aged kids and their educators that’s all about weather, satellite meteorology and Earth science.  Access the site here to learn what a heat wave is and isn’t and so much more about weather.



Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)

Search the CLEAN Collection by keyword, NGSS, or any other available method to find climate and energy activities, videos, labs & more specific to your needs. Content is rigorously peer-reviewed by teams of educators and scientists. All resources are free, available online, and made possible through the support of the National Science Foundation. Check it out if you haven't already!

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NOAA Photo Library

Did you know that most of NOAA photos and slides are in the public domain and cannot be copyrighted. NOAA asks only that credit be given to NOAA and the photographer with his/her affiliated organization shown also. Access the NOAA Photo Library here.




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Europe Sizzles in scorching temperatures – An extreme early summer heatwave re-wrote the record books across Europe during the end of June and beginning of July. Daily, monthly, and all-time records fell across the continent. Average temperatures were up to 12-13°F (7°C) above average across parts of Europe—a welcome anomaly during the winter but a devastating one during the summer.



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