Arctic Acrobats is a program in Circumpolar Sustainability Education for schools in the Circumpolar Regions, as part of the "United Nations Decade for A Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World" (UNESCO). Arctic Acrobats was launched at the Circumpolar Climate Change Summit, held in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada on March 18th-21st, 2001.



Linking Circumpolar Schools through Sustainability Education.

Arctic Acrobats is a program in Circumpolar Sustainability Education for schools in the Circumpolar Regions, as part of the "United Nations Decade for A Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World" (UNESCO). Arctic Acrobats was launched at the Circumpolar Climate Change Summit, held in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada on March 18th-21st, 2001.



Curriculum:

Integrated Studies include Peace Education, Conflict Resolution, Environmental Studies, Inter-Cultural Understanding, Social Studies, Geographical Studies, Language Arts, Performing Arts, Maths and Science, Peace Education, Citizenship, and Community Service.



Highlights:

A Secondary program of study showing the inter-relationships between various areas of the environmental that link during climate change. Twinning of schools in Circumpolar (Circum-Arctic or Antarctic countries). Report writing with copies to local governments and the World Future School forum.



AWARDS:

Achievement Awards, as noted above, include a beautiful "Arctic Acrobat" pin, awarded for 40 hours of community service: soon to be available from IHTEC.





Aims

- To build virtual links between schools in Canada & Russia and other

Circumpolar countries.

- To establish pilot projects between Northern Aboriginal peoples in

Canada in Russia.

- To create awareness reports.

- Communicate the results in an artistic format, to share with your

twinned school.





Study area

Circumpolar region, north of 60' N. This includes Canada, Denmark, Finland, with others. We suggest the following: Iceland, Norway, the Russia Federation Sweden, and the United States of America.





How do you get started ?

Contact IHTEC www.ihtec.on.ca who will link your school with another school in a Circumpolar country.





Study the inter-relationships

- The grasshopper effect from the soil, to air to the food chain of PCBs; the atmospheric emissions from aircraft, and space vehicles; and their relationship to ecosystem health.

- The polluted atmosphere and its effect on the ozone.

- The relationship between the air currents and ocean currents.

- The relationship between ocean currents and oceanic pollution.

- An understanding why the ocean currents are changing direction and the short and long term effect on the polar icecap;

- The relationship between the melting ice from Greenland and from glaciers on other land masses, and the expected sea level rise.



Write an original report

of your research. This to be shared with others.



Record the process

Make your outcomes available for sharing



- Several groups of students study the inter-relationships.

- Identify the overlapping areas where the studies meet

- Write a report of the results.

- Share results via email, video or school visits with your twinned school.

- Create a folder with art, photos of the research.

- Identify your community's involvement in the process and solutions.

- Develop a Promotional Brochure.

- Build Display / Story Boards for shows.

- Create a web site, that can be linked to the IHTEC site. or

- set up your virtual home in the IHTEC School Network Online Environment, prsesenting your project's results, community and much more.