Claes Nobel, of the Nobel Prize family and Co-founder of NSHSS, was a passionate advocate for environmental causes. In fact, his favorite greeting was “Good Earth to you!" He encouraged all of us to treat every day as if it were Earth Day by taking action and doing our part to preserve, protect, and tend to this wonderful planet we call home. Watch the video for Mr. Nobel's special message.
We've gathered an array of opportunities and resources designed to support the creation of a better Earth
Elevate your passion for climate action and environmental stewardship with the following scholarships:
We also have a number of other scholarships that may apply to your passions.
For Earth Day this year, NSHSS will host a virtual panel on April 21, 2022 at 7:00 PM ET with three NSHSS scholarship winners and moderated by Captain Planet! Each of the student panelists will share their creative solutions to the environmental issues in their communities and the globe!
On Earth Day 2021, NSHSS hosted a virtual screening of the documentary film “I Am Greta” followed by an intergenerational conversation between climate activists, scholars, and educators. Click the link to read about the panelists and view the event recording!
Learn more about our outstanding scholarship winners and their efforts to preserve our beautiful planet by clicking here.
Shawna Rogers, NSHSS member since 2010
NSHSS Partner Outward Bound Costa Rica, has a number of environmentally-focused blogs to check out!
United Planet also has many blogs, resources, and opportunities for students wishing to make a positive environmental impact on the planet!
The Intern Group connects young, ambitious candidates to unique global internships designed to help them realize their potential prepare them for the professional world.
The Can You Hear Us? campaign was launched surrounding Hulu’s Original Documentary I Am Greta and focuses on local and community-led climate action efforts that are intersectional, intergenerational, and accessible. The campaign aims to inspire collaborative and intergenerational climate action, highlight the incredible individuals and organizations who are working to save the planet, and provide guidance and resources to encourage participation on a larger scale.
Check out the following resources from the CYHU campaign below:
Dive into their Educators Toolkit, which was created to help introduce climate literacy in the classroom & provide direct actions for educators and students.
Join EARTHDAY.ORG for the 52nd annual Earth Day, and their third annual Global Digital Mobilization.
Earth Day’s 2022 theme, Invest In Our Planet, focuses on a green future being a prosperous future. The NSHSS community is invited to join EARTHDAY.ORG on April 22, and every other day of the year, for live events, education toolkits, and civic action opportunities. By engaging in these topics, we will prepare you to be active and engaged citizens of a rapidly changing world.
EARTHDAY.ORG offers a suite of environmental and civic education resources in their Education Resource Library. These resources provide educators and students with the tools they need to dig into the critical environmental issues our world faces and build the skills needed for students to be positive change agents in their communities. Developing this foundation in the next generation is the key to ensuring that the future is sustainable, equitable, and prosperous for everyone. Sign up as an Earth Day School to access new resource announcements, stories from educators all over the world, and exciting new tools from EARTHDAY.ORG partners.
More resources from EARTHDAY.ORG:
The climate crisis is the greatest challenge facing humanity, and young people all over the world have stepped up to demand action on climate for a better future. The Climate Museum’s mission is to inspire action on the climate crisis with programming across the arts and sciences that deepens understanding, builds connections, and advances just solutions. NSHSS recognizes how pivotal confronting the climate crisis is to world betterment, and has partnered with The Climate Museum to offer education and advocacy tools for students in this Climate Action Toolkit:
These NSHSS students and an NSHSS educator earned a $10,000 grant from our Be More Fund their creative solutions to the environmental issues in their communities and the globe.
My idea for this project evolved when I was in tenth grade. My biology teacher suggested I write a paper on water insecurity in Ethiopia for the World Food Prize. This would be easy for me. I didn’t have to do much research because I had experienced it first hand. After presenting my paper, I became a Norman Borlaug scholar. This was where my dream for the project began. I would build a well on my family’s farm in Ethiopia and turn it over to the community. The money given to me by my church and the community of Cedar Rapids, along with online fundraising, allowed me to return to Ethiopia to start the project on my family’s land. The project is now well-underway.
GREEN HOPE PROJECT is a nonprofit that began in 2019 born out of the desire to continue with, and improve upon, what It's Your World Project began in 2015. It’s Your World Project is a high school art/environmental group in El Paso, Texas. Our focuses include environmentalism, the Arts, and education. We believe that we can make a positive change by uniting in our efforts, identifying environmental problems, and changing our collective culture through the Arts and education. The more we offer people experiences, the more they become enlightened and empowered to be the change we need. What better way to do this than through the Arts? Learn more at https://www.greenhopeproject.org
Water contamination remains a key challenge of modern civilization. We have been able to design an efficient, sustainable, and affordable filtration material for the rapid removal of these contaminants from water. Integrating engineering with environmental chemistry, a filter capitalizing on biochar properties can be created for worldwide distribution at a cost of fewer than twenty cents per month for use in homes, rural, urban and industrial settings, agriculture, and aquatic ecosystems. Learn more at https://aquauniversa.webnode.com/
The Future is Fungi exploits the efficiency of a certain pink oyster mushroom in converting cellulose into glucose that can then be used to produce biofuels—a broadly overlooked source of sustainable fuel. An added benefit of my concept is that it provides organic produce for the community while also reusing and harnessing waste material to be used as raw material for biofuel production. I will use the grant money to cultivate more mushrooms, continue experiments to prove the most efficient pathways, and build a relationship with the Tennessee Department of Transportation to begin supplying ethanol to gas stations in Tennessee.
Three summers ago, the news was reporting that one-third of our honey bees had died in the past year. Some sources were saying that it was closer to 40%. As I considered these issues, I realized a solution might already live in my backyard. Mason bees are solitary, so they aren’t likely to sting, and raising them takes hardly any work. All you have to do is build a house for them. These amazing bees pollinate 95% of the flowers they visit, as opposed to the 5% honey bees pollinate. To share this knowledge with my community, I founded Build for Bees in 2018. My goal was to lead workshops to teach others how to build mason bee houses. Learn more at https://build4bees.com
Be sure to tell NSHSS about your climate action and sustainability efforts and initiatives you are doing for the good of the Earth so we can share with others. For example, how are you bringing awareness for environmental issues and solutions in your own community? We want to hear from you! Fill out thisand you may be included on this page, in the next NSHSS Blog,
“In the grand scheme of life, the good earth is our most cherished prize. I like to greet people by saying, ‘Good Earth!’ Say it now. Out loud! GOOD EARTH! It feels good. Those positive feelings (caused by endorphins) can help you do great things.” –Claes Nobel, NSHSS Co-founder