The Canary In The Coal Mine
South Texas is pretty far removed from the Arctic. When I mention climate change in my classroom, my students think of emaciated polar bears roaming the Arctic Ocean for a few minutes and then carry on with their day. I needed to find a way to connect what was happening in the Arctic to my students’ everyday lives so they could understand the implications of climate change in ecosystems all over the world, including ours. After all, as Dr. Jeremy May says, the Arctic is the canary in the coal mine. It’s a look into our future.