Category Archives: Earth Day

March for Science, Earth Day, April 22

what-do-we-want-evidence-based-science-when-do-we-want-it-after-peer-review-1485129964Just in case you haven’t heard, there’s a global March for Science going on the same day as Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. I’ll be going to the one in Tokyo, but there’s also one going on in Ibaraki. There will probably be many more in Japan. I’ve started making signs.


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Who’s Gonna Stand Up?

Long time no talk.

Because my school celebrated Earth Day today, I decided to have Grade 2 listen to the three versions of Neil Young’s Who’s Gonna Stand Up (and Save the Earth)? They enjoyed the acoustic version, were humbled by the orchestral version, and rocked out to the live version with Crazy Horse – so much so that we made a rock video with them individually playing air guitar, air drums, or singing.
I wasn’t sure if they fully understood the message, since even most adults don’t understand the severity of the issue or are in denial to it’s causes.
As I was quietly finishing a rubric in my room, I heard a student sing the refrain from across the hall:
“Who’s gonna stand up and save the world?”
This quiet little boy’s voice singing the world’s biggest question suddenly struck me hard.
It continues to ring in my mind…
All the best,
Mr. Kozak

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