Mar 26, 2018

Earth Day, April 22, 2018
End Plastic Pollution

The Earth Day theme for 2018 is “End Plastic Pollution.” Here are a few resources from the GWAEA Media Center to get you thinking about what to do for Earth Day.

  • "Air: Green Science Projects For a Sustainable Planet" by Robert Gardner - Describes a series of scientific experiments to teach the reader about sustainable solutions to keep the air clean, explains the properties of air, and discusses ways to conserve energy and reduce pollution.
  • "Earth Days" by Stewart Udall - Traces the origins of the modern environmental movement through the eyes of nine Americans who propelled the movement from its beginnings in the 1950s to its moment of triumph in 1970 with the original Earth Day. The films chronicles how the movement achieved its status as a major political force in America.
  • "Drinking Water: Bottle or Tap" by New Dimension Media - A huge bottled water industry has recently emerged, with the U.S. its largest consumer. Discussion of water quality standards for bottled and tap water, how quality can vary among communities and the problem of pollution due to the plastic bottles produced.
  • "Our Beaches and Plastic" by Landmark Media - Eco Company investigates the problem of beach pollution. They visit a girl scout troop that has adopted a Northern California beach and is determined to keep it free of trash and waste. The teens interview one of the founders of Earth Day, and the modern environmental movement. They also review the devastating effect of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and the importance of teens taking action on environmental protection. The final episode interviews teens who are targeting plastic contamination and offering solutions to over-packaging.
  • "Polluted Oceans" by Ellen Lawrence - Examines the way that pollution--like plastic bags, fishing nets, and harmful chemicals--get into the world's oceans, and offers advice on how we can help to make the ocean cleaner.

AEA Online Resource Tip: SIRS & Environmentalism

SIRS researcher, which includes Pro/Con viewpoints for grades 9-12, also provides great options for research on our environment. The Pro/Con viewpoints allow for debate type of projects where students are able to dig deep using the essential question to guide their work.

For help logging in to the AEA Online Resources contact Kathleen Goslinga,

To find out what others are doing to celebrate Earth Day, follow #earthday and #earthday2018 on Twitter. Contact Deanna Weber with any questions.

Tags: science