Earth School is available online for free

Earth School is available online for free
Collaboration Sustainability
Unprecedented coalition to help students gain an understanding of the environment while considering their role within it.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition initiated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and TED-Ed, o launch “Earth School,” which provides free, high-quality educational content to help students, parents and teachers around the world who are currently at home.

It takes students on a 30-day “Adventure” through the natural world with content features videos, reading materials and activities — which will be translated into 10 languages — to help students gain an understanding of the environment while considering their role within it.

The pandemic has caused health, economic, and education crisis; in the age of physical and social constraints, there is a strong need for global science literacy.

That is why UNEP and TED-Ed — in coordination with 30 collaborators, including National Geographic, WWF and UNESCO — came together to launch Earth School for children and youth ages 5-18.

The programme runs between Earth Day and World Environment Day on June 5, which this year will take place under the banner of Time for Nature

Image: Earth School launched by UNEP and TED-Ed

“These unprecedented times highlight just how important it is for young people to connect with the natural world and understand science,” said Vicki Phillips, executive vice president and chief education officer at the National Geographic Society. “We’re thrilled to join forces with trusted organizations like UNEP and TED-Ed to cultivate a spirit of exploration and build empathy for the Earth, no matter where students are the world — even if it's from inside their homes, from a window, or on a short walk in the neighborhood.”

Each Adventure has been carefully selected by a panel of expert practitioners and caters to different age groups. Each consists of a hands-on experiment and nature discovery.

In addition to TED-Ed’s own content, Earth School will feature videos from notable media organizations including National Geographic, PBS LearningMedia and the BBC with the goal of empowering participating students to be caretakers of our planet.

 

This is the biggest online learning initiative in UNEP’s history and is available for free on TED-Ed’s website.