While we all adjust to a new normal in how we work, learn, and socialize in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Bow Seat is committed to continuing to provide a space for students to engage in climate advocacy and creative expression. We believe the COVID-19 pandemic provides an opportunity to learn about and reflect on the interconnectedness of human activities and their impact on our planet’s life-support systems—oceans, biodiversity, and climate.
Note: Stay informed about the latest updates from health authorities at coronavirus.gov.
Bow Seat’s 2020 Ocean Awareness Contest, Climate Hope: Transforming Crisis, is open and accepting submissions until June 15th through our free, online platform. The Ocean Awareness Contest is not only a way for students to participate in a digital action advocating for the health of our planet, but the creative process can be a restorative personal action during these uncertain times. We hope that the digital nature of the program will be a useful and inspiring resource for teachers, caregivers, and students learning remotely this spring.Get Started
If you are interested in exploring how coronavirus impacts are related to the 2020 Contest theme—Climate Hope: Transforming Crisis—consider these questions as you do research for your creative project:
- There are many stories of positive, effective individual and collective action in local communities emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic. How can these examples of hope be applied to the climate crisis?
- The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing to light other interrelated issues, including climate change. How are these crises related? How does taking bold action on one front provide an opportunity to simultaneously tackle the other emergency?
- During the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers have measured a dramatic decline of air pollution levels and greenhouse gas emissions. How can we continue—or even accelerate—this decline well after the coronavirus threat has been managed?
Distance Learning Resources
Educational resources and online programming to support teachers, families, and students
COVID-19 & Climate Connections
Humans are a part of and depend on natural systems for countless benefits and resources to survive, including water, clean air, medicines, food, and much more. Our health is interconnected with the health of non-human life and of entire ecosystems. When these systems are disrupted or destroyed, human health is at risk.
We were curious about the connections between climate change and the coronavirus pandemic, and we thought you might be, too. We have compiled articles that are a helpful starting point to gain a deeper understanding of planetary health, as well as provide important insights for how we respond as individuals and societies to the climate crisis.
- The Ecology of Disease: How are infectious diseases linked to the destruction of natural habitats and ecological systems?
- The Corona Connection: Forest Loss Drives Viruses As Well As Climate Change
- If you care about your health, then you should care about conservation
- Coronavirus outbreak highlights need to address threats to ecosystems and wildlife
- Shaking the Viral Tree: An Interview with David Quammen, author of Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic
- Expert: To prevent pandemics like COVID-19, ‘take care of nature’
- Why The Solutions To Coronavirus And Climate Change Are The Same
Activists share insights on how the international response to the novel coronavirus outbreak informs the climate movement.
- What can the coronavirus teach us? by author, educator, and founder of 350.org Bill McKibben
- Coronavirus Holds Key Lessons on How to Fight Climate Change, by Yale Environment 360 writer Beth Gardiner
- Coronavirus Shows Us Rapid Global Response To Climate Change Is Possible, by Zero Hour co-founder and youth climate activist Jamie Margolin
- What if we responded to the climate crisis with the same urgency as the coronavirus? by Craig Altemose of Better Future Project
- What Climate Grief Taught Me About the Coronavirus, by climate justice writer Mary Annaïse Heglar
- Our chance for a just recovery after coronavirus, by co-founder and Executive Director of 350.org May Boeve
- Community Care is Greater Than the Coronavirus: 5 ways to keep organizing to stop the climate crisis while supporting your community as authorities work to contain the pandemic
- Coronavirus is changing how people think about fighting climate change: When it comes to the spread of COVID-19, personal choices matter.
- The coronavirus outbreak is part of the climate change crisis: Climate action should be central to our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
🎧 Listen: HEATED Podcast
The HEATED podcast is a limited run series that demonstrates that COVID-19 and the climate crisis cannot be separated.
Distance Learning Resources
Bow Seat’s free, online Resource Studio provides an interdisciplinary educational experience to help students learn about climate science basics, understand the urgent threats facing coastal and marine ecosystems, and gain skills to practice creative communication in advocacy and civic engagement. Explore the Resource Studio for scientific literature, news articles, and multimedia such as interactive quizzes, videos, and podcasts. In addition, the Resource Studio provides educators with lesson plans, activities, and suggested reading to help them support their students’ learning on climate change.
PRINTABLE LEARNING GUIDE: OUR OCEAN IN A CHANGING CLIMATE
We have created this guide as a printable, offline resource that introduces students to climate change through a series of readings and creative activities. Students will also explore and brainstorm ideas for creating an artistic entry to the 2020 Ocean Awareness Contest.
- Learning Guide (Color PDF)
- Learning Guide (Black & White PDF) – This option has fewer images for ink-friendly printing.
- Readings Only (Black & White PDF)
- Worksheets Only (Black & White PDF)
We also have a printable Contest Information Packet in English and Spanish. If your student is interested in participating in the 2020 Ocean Awareness Contest, but is unable to access our online submission platform, please contact us.
Because Bow Seat believes in the power of the arts to make the science of climate change personal, relevant, and accessible, the Resource Studio also includes a curated collection of professional and student visual art, interactive media, films, music, poetry, and prose to inspire viewers and make them ask questions, feel, understand, wonder, and connect. Visit our Inspiration page >
We also encourage you to check out our list of Activities and Creative Prompts Inspired by Bow Seat Student Art and Writing, a resource to jumpstart students’ ideas and imaginations.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES, PROGRAMMING, AND IDEAS
- Learn more with Climate Generation’s toolkit for COVID-19 and Climate Change in the Classroom
- Meet marine scientists and ecologists in EarthEcho International’s Virtual Events
- Learn about our marine environment as you color the work by international ARTivists in the Creative Coloring Companion from PangeaSeed Foundation
- Explore STEM, Art & Nature, Our Ocean, and Get Outside activities with Seacoast Science Center’s Your Learning Connection
- Take a virtual dive of your national marine sanctuaries
- Tour museums around the world from your couch