"The challenges we face in this century will require all the creativity and wisdom we can muster. Global warming, changing politics and economies, learning to bring seemingly limitless appetites into balance with finite ecosystems... all these will require awake and thoughtful citizens. They will require diverse languages and rich vocabularies, both to form relevant questions, and to frame meaningful answers."Along with sharing Steve Schuch's webpage, I also found the following 2 visuals incredibly helpful (and inspiring) to help bring the story... and environmentalism... to life in my classroom.
The first, from a surprising source: a Pacific Life Insurance Commercial.
The second, this video trailer from the upcoming Drew Barrymore movie "Big Miracle" (which has a very similar, true-story-based-storyline as "Symphony of Whales"):
My favorite line from this clip, which is so true:
"There's ALWAYS something you can do!"
Images from http://informationsentinel.com/resources/Computer_Skills_and_Bio_Project_2_Cierra/Computer%20Skills%20and%20Bio%20Project/characteristics.html and http://www.amazon.com/Symphony-Whales-Steve-Schuch/dp/0152165487/ref=tmm_pap_title_0
Video Clips from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVghYFkehGE and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qv-mWQUoXOg