An educator keen to get children emotionally involved in saving the ice caps taught a lesson to students as a polar bear hovered over his shoulder.
Gavin McCormack is trying to bring “amazing natural phenomena” to kids’ fingertips to get them to help stop sea level rise and get excited about climate change.
“The future belongs to those who sit in our classrooms, and our goal is to empower today’s students to create a sustainable future,” Mr. McCormack told NCA Newswire.
An elementary school teacher decided to plunge headlong into his teachings and spent ten days on an icebreaker bound for the North Pole.
On the first day at sea, a polar bear climbed out of the water right in front of him onto an island where he was attacked by a group of Arctic terns.
“Every day is special, but so interesting,” McCormack said.
This week his biggest dream came true.
“My dream was to tell the kids about the miracle of the polar bear sitting right on my shoulder, and this week that dream came true,” Mr. McCormack said.
He said that the most memorable moment in the Arctic was when his ship hit the pack ice.
“The ship crunched through the ice as we reached 82 degrees north latitude and the noise was deafening,” he said.
“Later that day we were swimming in the ocean and oh my god, my toes are still warm.”
He returned home earlier this week to launch his new Be the Change course, which is free to all schools across the country.
Be the Change is designed to empower children, families and communities around the world to drive change and have a global impact.
“Designing real action to make a difference in the world requires a curriculum-aligned approach,” said Mr. McCormack.
In January, he hopes to travel to Antarctica to teach kids about emperor penguin, jumping and sealing.
Mr. McCormack hopes to teach the “leaders of tomorrow” to consider nature and climate in every decision they make.
On October 10, another course called “It all starts with you” begins with the hope of giving a purposeful education to as many children as possible.
“Working with teachers, schools and students, we believe that when children have the right to make real choices about their future, life skills develop not through someone telling you about them, but through their own experiences,” said Mr McCormack.
You can follow the journey of Mr. McCormack gentlemen.
Originally published as A polar bear is present at the lessons of educators for children about climate change