Happy Earth Day Tuesday April 22, 2008
The day began at 6 am with a live chat with high school students in Bahrain, United Emirates. They were seven hours ahead of me in New Stanton, Pennsylvania were I had arrived the day before in order to prepare for my Earth Day Planetwalk.
The students in Bahrain had already made a 5 km walk earlier in the day and had taken pledges to raise money for the African Conservation Foundation.
Later I started Planetwalking from the Yough School District Middle School in Mendon, Pennsylvania. This year, Planetwalk board member John Graham is accompanying me with vehicle support and Internet technician. He is also working with me to develop the Planetlines curriculum, Planetwalk's environmental studies curriculum based on the walking pilgrimage. Planetwalk received a kit of scientific instruments to make environmental measurements as we walk. www.pasco.com
Walking with me on this first day is Rachel Bagby founder and Chief Creative Officer of Choral Earth www.choralearth.com and Dr. Tim Foresman, is the founder, Earth Party www.earthparty.org, and the president, of the International Center for Remote Sensing Education.
Before we head out on the road we are invited to spend a few hours speaking to the seventh grade science classes of Rachel Reissman and Sarah Hackney. I introduced myself to each class, talking about Planetlines and the environment, about the message of environment also being about "How We Treat Each Other." Then each of my colleagues talked about what they were bringing
to the walk and curricular development.
John showed of the measuring instruments, Rachel bought the gift of music through song, and Dr. Tim introduced his book, The Last Little Polar Bear and talked about measuring your carbon footprint, leaving behind his book and a carbon footprint measuring kit.
We walked about 15 miles along Rout 31 then 136. The weather was positively gorgeous. There was no rain, a pleasant temperature, and a sweet breeze. How gorgeous was it? Well maybe you can tell by the images we took, and the weather and environmental measurements we mad along the way. Check out the route and water data Google Earth and on Google Maps and welcome to the beginning demonstration of Planetlines. Enjoy!