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Take Action for a Sustainable World!

STAR Net Partners with ALA and NASA for the April 2020 Our Planet: EARTH Campaign

In January 2019, the American Library Association (ALA) on behalf of its members adopted “sustainability” as a core value of librarianship. To be truly sustainable, a community must embody practices that are environmentally sound AND economically feasible AND socially equitable. Click here for the details on this resolution.

Our Planet: EARTH focuses on citizen science and earth science opportunities during April 2020  to coincide with Citizen Science Month and the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. STAR Net invites libraries and their communities to participate in this important event by utilizing all of our programming resources. 

Take Action Now by Registering Your Library!

Our Changing Planet

Air. Water. Ice. Rock. Life. These five things link together to make our planet hum. They’re a team. Scientists call them systems. Each system plays an important role, and they all depend on each other. Scientists have fancy names for these systems: Atmosphere (air), Hydrosphere (water), Cryosphere (ice), Geosphere (rock), and Biosphere (life).

Weather and Climate: What’s the Difference?
Weather is what’s happening outside now. It’s the combination of moisture, heat, air pressure, and wind in the atmosphere. Weather tells you that you need to put on a raincoat or sun hat before you go out. Climate is average weather conditions over a much longer period of time. Climate describes general patterns of moisture, heat, air pressure, and wind in the atmosphere over years and decades. Earth’s climate has been warming, especially in recent decades. 

Societal efforts to respond to climate change have not expanded at the scale needed to avoid substantial damages to the economy, environment, and human health over the coming decades. Take action now by registering your library.

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Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents—it was loaned to you by your children
Native American Proverb

On STAR Net‘s STEM Activity Clearinghouse, librarians and library staff can find over 400 high quality, vetted STEM activities that are perfect for the library setting. So, be sure to check out the Our Planet: EARTH Collection which currently includes 20 activities – 12 of which are featured below.

View The Entire Collection

Is Your Library Participating in Citizen Science in April 2020 and Beyond?

During the month of April 2020, hundreds of citizen science events will be held throughout the world, and there are many ways your library can participate!

Do GLOBE Observer
globe-observer-logoGLOBE Observer is an international citizen science initiative to understand our global environment. Your observations help scientists track changes in clouds, water, plants, and other life in support of climate research. Scientists also use your data to verify NASA satellite data. And by submitting your observations, you can help students of all ages do real scientific research as part of the GLOBE Program.

To participate, download the app, register with an email address (you can also register using a web form), then go outside and follow the prompts in the app to observe your environment.

Choose a citizen science project below and get started.

GLOBE Mosquitoes
GLOBE Land Cover
GLOBE Clouds

SciStarter presents Citizen Science Month, an annual event to celebrate and promote all things citizen science: amazing discoveries, incredible volunteers, hardworking practitioners, inspiring projects, and anything else citizen science related.

Watch Video
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Library Resources
Visit SciStarter’s Citizen Science Month Website!

Register Today for STAR Net’s 2020
Our Planet: EARTH Resources!

Libraries who are interested in getting important news and resources for their April 2020 Earth Programs, can register to qualify for the benefits listed below.

  • A monthly newsletter announcing new resources and opportunities
  • Our website curated with the best resources (we search so you don’t have to!)
  • Library representation on STAR Net‘s Our Planet: EARTH Map
  • Automatic entry for a chance to win Scholastic Earth Science books, NASA Earth science tactile books, and more! The first 2,000 registrants will receive the popular ‘Planets to Planets’ game, developed by the STAR Net team (it’s like Apples to Apples)
  • An opportunity to qualify for another free game (see Community Dialogues below).
Complete our Online Registration

Participating Libraries

 STAR Net has developed an Our Planet: EARTH map that shows where registered libraries (serving as centers of space science learning for their communities) are located across the nation.

Click here to view the interactive map.

This reach map will serve as an important resource for libraries to collaborate with each other and for STEM partners to find libraries with which they can collaborate with.

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Community Dialogues: What Can
We do to Improve our Town?

Community Dialogues have been conducted by almost 100 libraries across the country. These informal conversations allow library staff to interact with the leaders in their community to identify areas where these organizations can make a positive change.

We’d like to encourage your library to try out a Community Dialogue (utilizing the guide and templates) to identify environmental issues in your community that community leaders and members can actually help solve, and maybe even make a BIG difference this year.

The first 500 libraries who commit to conduct a Dialogue will receive a copy of our “Arctic to Antarctic” game (similar to Apples to Apples) which can be used as an ice-breaker!

The Benefits to Libraries
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Featured Webinar

Topic: Add Real Scientific Research to Your Library Programming!

Presenters: Darlene Cavalier, School for the Future of Innovation in Society at ASU; SciStarter, Dan Stanton, Arizona State University Library; SciStarter, and Pietro Michelucci, PhD, Executive Director, Human Computation Institute.

In this one-hour webinar, you will learn more about Citizen Science (real people doing real science), and see how your library can get on board through citizen science activities and programming at different levels. In addition, we will share a wealth of resources for planning a Citizen Science Day Megathon event and explore the exciting world of additional Citizen Science programming in your libraries.

Note: Webinars specific for 2020 will be posted as they become available.

Earth Campaign Video Collection

To help libraries and their communities learn about our changing planet, the STAR Net team has selected inspirational videos that show environmental impacts featuring scientists who study our changing planet and people and communities who are impacted by climate change.

The videos can be used by libraries to help promote their programs about Earth’s changing climate and the importance of sustainability, including on social media, and used to inspire learners of all ages at events and in classrooms. They are a wonderful complement to hands-on science activities such as the Our Planet: EARTH collection on our STEM Activity Clearinghouse.

View the Video Collection

Programming Resources

Below we have assembled a collection of resources that include collaboration opportunities, printable materials, promotional materials, inspirational items and many other resources that your library can utilize to make your Earth Day and Citizen Science Month programs a great success. Don’t forget to take advantage of STAR Net‘s Our Planet: EARTH Collection on our STEM Activity Clearinghouse.

STEM Activities
Citizen Science Projects
Edible Destruction
GLOBE Observer Clouds
Who Dirtied the Water
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Promotional
Media ToolKit
Earth as Art Book
NASA Live: Earth Views
NASA Earth Images
Our Planet: Earth Campaign Logo
Printables
Explore Earth Posters
Earth Day Posters
Earth Mission Posters
NASA Earth Poster
Librarian’s Guide to Citizen Science
Collaborations
Solar System Ambassadors
NASA Museum Alliance
Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA
NASA Speaker’s Bureau
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Special Websites
NASA Earth Observatory
NASA Earth
Earth Day Network
NASA’s Climate Portal
The GLOBE Program
Digital Downloads
NASA Earth Now App
“On a Mission” Podcast
NASA Earth E-book
GLOBE Observer App
View All Digital Downloads
STAR Net Blogs
STEAM Engines: Falling for You
Vermicomposting
GLOBE Observer Toolkit
A Citizen Science Challenge
View All STAR Net Blogs
How-to Videos
Life on Mars? Nurturing Life
Polar Bears Go with the Floes
Search for Life
Simple Thermometer
View All How-to Videos
STAR Net Webinars
Citizen Science Month at Your Library
60 Years of Earth Observations
Earth Science for a Better World
Celebrate Earth Day (2017)
View All STAR Net Webinars