Welcome to the first post for 2022. Although, globally, we are all still confronted with the ‘inconveniences’ caused by the pandemic, I hope you will find much joy and many successes to celebrate throughout the year.
This year has been designated as:
- International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture
- International Year of Glass
- International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development
- International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development
all of which have relevance to our classroom programs and the Sustainable Development Goals. While I give but a brief introduction to each in this post, I hope to bring you additional lessons and teaching ideas throughout the year.
IYAFA Vision Statement (from the website)
‘A world in which small-scale artisanal fishers, fishfarmers and fish workers are fully recognized and empowered to continue their contributions to human well-being, healthy food systems and poverty eradication through the responsible and sustainable use of fisheries and aquaculture resources.’
This video provides a good introduction to the year’s purpose.
I particularly like the reminder of this quote from the video:
‘Our small actions can have big impacts, like a ripple effect.’
Think Biological Sciences.
The Year celebrates the importance and heritage of glass — a unique material made of raw materials found in nature that does no harm to the environment. It is the only material that is both reusable and 100% recyclable. It reduces waste, cuts CO2 emissions and saves raw materials.
Think Chemical Sciences.
The year recognises that ‘mountains are habitats for unique species of flora and fauna, constitute unique types of ecosystems and the problems they face due to climate change are specific.’ It ‘recognises the need for preserving the global ecosystem and encourages further work on mountain development.’
Think Geography. Think Earth and Space Sciences.
‘The COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder (so stark and brutal that we would prefer to have been spared) of our dependence on basic science to ensure balanced, sustainable, and inclusive development of the planet.
The International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development 2022 will put the spotlight on the links between the basic sciences and the Sustainable Development Goals. It will be a key moment of mobilization to convince economic and political leaders, as well as the general public, of their importance.’
Think Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Inquiry Skills.
A Year of Days and Events to Celebrate in the Classroom
The list of dates has now been updated for 2022 and is free to download here.
Days to celebrate in January include:
26th Australia Day
29th National puzzle day
Additional information, including lessons and teaching ideas can be found in the free PDF January Days and Events to Celebrate in the Classroom. Please note that while I have updated the year’s calendar as accurately as possible, I will not be updating the lists for each month so both documents need to be used in conjunction.
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