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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Oak Hill Middle School, Newton - September 22nd

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The EarthView team is excited to be visiting Oak Hill Middle School in Newton for the very first time! We will be visiting with the sixth grade students here.

We were informed that these students have just read the book, "If the World Were a Village" by David Smith. Ironically enough, EarthView wrangler Eva saw this book for sale at the consignment shop that she works in over the Summer and bought it! It is a book geared towards the youth and explains different issues that we face on our planet due to the world population.

One of the biggest issues we face is the limited supply of fresh water that is available to us. During the first few minutes of the EarthView program, while inside of the globe and it is filling up with air, we address this issue first hand using a box of blue and white painted beads. Inside of the box there are 100 beads that represent all of the water found on the Earth. 97 of the beads are painted blue and represent the amount of salt water on Earth, 2 of the beads are painted white representing the amount of fresh water that is stored away in glaciers, while there is 1 bead that is painted gold. This bead represents all of the fresh drinking water available to all on the Earth. This representation really helps to show why it is so important to conserve our water. It is a precious and limited resource that we all need to survive! Remember that the next time you are brushing your teeth or taking a shower. Be sure to turn off the faucet when you are not using it and try to minimize the amount of time that you spend in the shower.

If we were all aware of the impact that we have on Earth, I think we could definitely do our part to make this world a better place.

We hope that the students of Oak Hill Middle enjoy their visit with EarthView and we hope to visit again!

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