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Exploring Ocean Acidification Through Media With EarthEcho Expeditions: Shell Shocked

SOARCE Webinar

Presenter: Stacey Rafalowski, EarthEcho International

Primary audience: Informal  and formal educators

Date/time: Tuesday, March 22nd, 3pm ET (12pm PT)
Young people are today’s stakeholders and advocates for change. Using EarthEcho Expedition: Shell Shocked videos and project-based learning tools educators can activate students’ critical thinking around this “wicked” global problem. This webinar will provide tools to embed best practices of service learning and project-based learning into a unit on OA for middle-grade level youth.
It takes more than knowledge of environmental issues to equip young people with civic skills to solve the complex problems facing our planet. Through service learning, youth identify community needs, develop plans and partnerships and are inspired and motivated to take action. This webinar will explore the Five Stages of Service Learning—investigation, preparation, action, reflection, and demonstration— and connect that process to OA resources. In this way students become both environmentally literate and effective community changemakers.  
About the Speaker:
With twelve years of experience in science and marine science education, Stacey Rafalowski  has invested a career in improving the way learning happens for young scientists. Prior to joining EarthEcho International, she devoted six years with another NGO, Earth Force, that focused on building school and community support around innovative programs to integrate environmental education, civic agency, and service-learning. As Director of programs for EarthEcho, Stacey continues to build networks of support for formal and informal educators to enhance learning strategies around STEM education with a new focus on digital video resources. Stacey supports the development of annual EarthEcho Expeditions by guiding curricular development and in-field production of video resources.
Stacey began her work with teachers while working on her graduate degree in Marine Biology at College of Charleston. A National Science Foundation GK-12 teaching fellowship launched her journey in education by allowing her the opportunity to partner with classroom teachers, building curriculum that brought marine science to life for young people.</ br>


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The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) works to prepare society to adapt to the consequences of ocean acidification and conserve marine ecosystems as acidification occurs. Learn more about the human connections and adaptation strategies from these efforts.

Adaptation approaches fostered by the OAP include:


Using models and research to understand the sensitivity of organisms and ecosystems to ocean acidification to make predictions about the future, allowing communities and industries to prepare


Using these models and predictions as tools to facilitate management strategies that will protect marine resources and communities from future changes


Developing innovative tools to help monitor ocean acidification and mitigate changing ocean chemistry locally


On the Road

Drive fuel-efficient vehicles or choose public transportation. Choose your bike or walk! Don't sit idle for more than 30 seconds. Keep your tires properly inflated.

With your Food Choices

Eat local- this helps cut down on production and transport! Reduce your meat and dairy. Compost to avoid food waste ending up in the landfill

With your Food Choices

Make energy-efficient choices for your appliances and lighting. Heat and cool efficiently! Change your air filters and program your thermostat, seal and insulate your home, and support clean energy sources

By Reducing Coastal Acidification

Reduce your use of fertilizers, Improve sewage treatment and run off, and Protect and restore coastal habitats

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You've taken the first step to learn more about ocean acidification - why not spread this knowledge to your community?

Every community has their unique culture, economy and ecology and what’s at stake from ocean acidification may be different depending on where you live.  As a community member, you can take a larger role in educating the public about ocean acidification. Creating awareness is the first step to taking action.  As communities gain traction, neighboring regions that share marine resources can build larger coalitions to address ocean acidification.  Here are some ideas to get started:

  1. Work with informal educators, such as aquarium outreach programs and local non-profits, to teach the public about ocean acidification. Visit our Education & Outreach page to find the newest tools!
  2. Participate in habitat restoration efforts to restore habitats that help mitigate the effects of coastal acidification
  3. Facilitate conversations with local businesses that might be affected by ocean acidification, building a plan for the future.
  4. Partner with local community efforts to mitigate the driver behind ocean acidification  – excess CO2 – such as community supported agriculture, bike & car shares and other public transportation options.
  5. Contact your regional Coastal Acidification Network (CAN) to learn how OA is affecting your region and more ideas about how you can get involved in your community
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