Earth Day 2019 Collection
Earth Day seeks to raise awareness of environmental issues facing our planet and encourages all of us to play a role in protecting it. The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 inspired people to take action and marked the beginning of the modern environmental movement, ultimately leading to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This year's theme is "Protect Our Species". Explore the resources below and remember, every day is Earth Day!
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The International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List of Threatened SpeciesMore than 27,000 species are threatened with extinction. That is more than 27% of all assessed species. The IUCN Red List is a critical indicator of the health of the world's biodiversity. It provides information about range, population size, habitat and ecology, use and/or trade, threats, and conservation actions that will help inform necessary conservation decisions.
Biodiversity in the Age of Humans from the Howard Hughes Medical InstituteExplore the possible sixth mass extinction that we may be currently experiencing though six lectures, a discussion, and interactives like this one on mass extinction.
NOAA's Ocean Today Full Moon Video Collection: The Ocean We LoveWe love the ocean, and we know you do, too. The ocean covers more than 70 percent of the surface of our planet and holds 97 percent of the Earth's water. So it just makes sense to be learning about the ocean on Earth Day! Check out The Ocean We Love Full Moon Video Collection (12 videos).
Encyclopedia of LifeOur knowledge of the many life-forms on Earth - of animals, plants, fungi, protists and bacteria - is scattered around the world in books, journals, databases, websites, specimen collections, and in the minds of people everywhere. Imagine what it would mean if this information could be gathered together and made available to everyone – anywhere – at a moment's notice. This dream is becoming a reality through the Encyclopedia of Life.
Endangered Species Educator Resource CenterThe Endangered Species Coalition provides endangered species conservation and related information/resource material to public and private school teachers, as well as educators with after-school programs, nature centers and other organizations through its Educator Resource Center.
Oceana Ocean Animal EncyclopediaExplore the Oceana Ocean Animal Encyclopedia to learn fun facts and more about your favorite marine life. From sharks and sea turtles to octopus and corals, you're in the right place to take a deep dive into life under our oceans. Created by Oceana - which works exclusively to protect and restore the oceans on a global scale.
NASA eClips for Earth DayCheck out the citizen science, endangered species, and Earth systems NASA eClips from picked just for you...and everyone else in celebration of Earth Day.
ZooniverseThe Zooniverse is the world's largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by volunteers — hundreds of thousands of people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers. Our goal is to enable research that would not be possible, or practical, otherwise. Zooniverse research results in new discoveries, datasets useful to the wider research community, and many publications. This link will take you to their natural history projects.
Smithsonian Institution Game: Evolve or PerishThe Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History has created a board game titled Evolve or Perish where students try to survive the perils of the geologic time scale.