Earth Day 2024: Course Materials to Engage Students in Environmental Science

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On April 22, 1970, Earth Day emerged as a pivotal event in the environmental movement. Spearheaded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, it aimed to raise awareness about pressing environmental issues and inspire action towards conservation. On the inaugural Earth Day, 20 million Americans took to the streets to voice their concerns about the need for environmental protection.

Since then, Earth Day has evolved into a global phenomenon, observed across 192 countries.

What better way to commemorate this momentous occasion and celebrate Earth Day 2024 than by incorporating course materials that dive deep into environmental topics, Geography and Earth Science? From the intricate ecosystems of ecology to the innovations of renewable energy, these Cengage resources offer students a comprehensive journey toward understanding, protecting and appreciating our planet ― our home.

Explore recent releases for Earth Day 2024

Human Geography: A Spatial Perspective, 1st Edition

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Launched in March, “Human Geography,” 1e by Sarah Witham Bednarz, Mark Bockenhauer and Fred Hiebert is an accessible and thought-provoking exploration of geographic thinking, providing context for the exciting field of human geography. The chapters span the patterns and processes of human geography: population and migration, concepts of culture, spatial aspects of political behavior, agriculture and rural land use, cities and urban landscapes and industrial and economic development.

The authors focus on the impacts of globalization and on human-environment interaction. Maps, models, case studies, and features showcase the remarkable work of National Geographic Explorers, fellows, writers, and photographers help bridge geographic concepts with real-world experiences!


Environmental Science, 17th Edition

Environmental Science, 17th Edition textbook cover

Environmental Science,” 17e, released in February, is written by G. Tyler Miller, Scott Spoolman and new author Danielle M. Andrews-Brown. Dr. Danielle M. Andrews-Brown brings a fresh perspective to the subject with updated language, examples and figures that celebrate diverse cultures.

This edition provides students with the knowledge, tools and motivation to address today’s most pressing environmental issues. “Environmental Science” showcases the work of diverse scientists and citizens through compelling imagery and interactive maps. A focused-learning approach helps students grasp key ideas and become lifelong learners who care about the environment. With sustainability as the foundation, the authors highlight important concepts such as natural capital, degradation, solutions, trade-offs and individual choices. Students gain a deep understanding of nature and humanity’s long-term relationship with Earth.

Geology and the Environment, 8th Edition

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Geology and the Environment: Living with a Dynamic Planet,” 8e by Paul Bierman, Richard Hazlett, Dee D. Trent brings the relationship between humans and the Earth to life. Unlike many introductory geology texts, the content focuses on the here and now. The newly illustrated text has been fully updated, rewritten, condensed and modernized, including hundreds of new photographs. It is the most current, exciting way to study Earth as a system including the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and our changing climate. Excite your students with the most up-to-date text covering the basics of geology in an environmental context that considers geologic hazards and how to best manage and avoid them.

Gear up for Earth Day with two exciting, interactive features

ArcGIS: Interactive Mapping

With our ArcGIS Map Analysis activities in MindTap, students can use GIS and mapping tools to explore the world. Engage students in thrilling adventures where they sharpen critical-thinking skills, spatial awareness and build world knowledge.

Virtual Field Trips

Bring students to the field without leaving their seats! Virtual Field Trips in MindTap take students across America as they explore geological features from the Volcanos in Hawaii to Death Valley to Yellowstone. Each Virtual Field Trip includes an interactive gigapixel panoramic photo, along with multiple “stops” to deep dive into more geological features and facts.

Here’s to you on Earth Day ― today and every day

While we celebrate Earth Day on April 22 throughout the globe, you, as an educator, continuously inspire the next generation of scientists, advocates and leaders. By delving into environmental topics, Geography and Earth Science, you teach and empower them to preserve the future. Thank you.


Searching for more environmental resources to use in your classroom, for Earth Day and beyond? Check out our available textbooks, eBooks and course materials:

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