As a result of increased human pressures on Earth’s natural systems, a coalition of scientists has suggested that a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, has begun. The Anthropocene Education Program, developed by Canadian Geographic Education and The Anthropocene Project, presents an opportunity for students to learn the history and science behind the Anthropocene, and understand just how much, and in what ways, humans are collectively changing Planet Earth. This interactive workshop will guide teachers through a series of educational activities, short films, interactive photography, augmented and virtual reality experiences, and more, that have been created for in-classroom and virtual use. Participants will be given opportunities to test out some of the resources and will learn how to book a free classroom kit. This set of resources can be used cross-curricularly, covering topics found in geography, social studies, language and arts programs, and incorporate competencies such as geo-inquiry, human and natural perspectives, and patterns of change.
Grade 4-12 teachers
Michelle Chaput is the Director of Education for Canadian Geographic Education, the education committee of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Michelle oversees the development and dissemination of Can Geo Education's bilingual, curriculum-compliant and geography-focused programs, and drives collaborations with regional and national organizations that are equally passionate about promoting geographic literacy, spatial awareness and sustainable living in Canada. She is a biogeographer who grew up on a small cattle farm in Pakenham, Ont., and enjoys finding intersections between geography, science and art in her work, as well as in her everyday life!