A CZE activity selected by the IPY for its October 2009 Polar Week

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The first IPY Polar Week will take place from the 5th to the 9th of October. For this occasion, the international office of the International Polar Year selected a number of pedagogical activities, including one of the Class Zero Emission activities of the IPF!

Classes from all over the world can participate in the IPY Polar Week by doing one of the activities proposed by the IPY or any other on the theme of the Polar Regions. You can also go on the IPY website to launch a virtual balloon, allowing your class to appear on the world map of their website for instructions).

One of the activities the IPY proposes to teachers and educators is the activity 'What future for the Arctic?' from the IPF's 'Polar Regions' CZE pedagogical dossier. This activity engages young people 15-18 years old by asking them to take one of the following roles during a debate on the future of the Arctic: a politician, a researcher, an economist or a representative of an NGO. Provided with specific background information for each of these roles, the students are asked to defend the position of one of the four actors, exchanging arguments until a final vote is held, during which the students take a vote not 'in character' but based on their own convictions.

A special session of this activity organised by the IPY will be transmitted live on a Canadian radio station (CKLB radio in Yellowknife) to take a look at this activity and do it with your classes during the Polar Week as well!


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