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Sofar Ocean” connects with WordWorks

Revised section added April 2021

This Newsletter was originally published from Tasmania on January 27, 2020 during a trip for workshops in there, Melbourne and Canberra. On April 8, 2021 a representative of the the environmentally focused company Sofar Ocean contacted me because this post on using Greta Thunberg’s speech for SWI grabbed their attention and asked if we could link to their piece How Does Climate Change Affect the Ocean “since we are of the same wavelength and have the same type of readers.”

Of course I am delighted to do so. I’ve revised the original Newsletter #99 by removing notices of old workshops to use this space to encourage readers to explore that link, and their website in general. They added that they have been encouraging colleagues to sign a petition to a campaign to fight ‘greenwashing’ (HERE). Why not encourage your class to hypothesize and then investigate what the term ‘greenwashing’ means?

I explored their website and decided to paste their Company Bio below. I’ve bolded just some of the words from that bio that might be rich to explore. Perhaps we can also generate interest in schools to collaborate with this company in mutually beneficial ways.

Our oceans cover over 70% of our planet’s surface, drive our climate system, and over 90% of the world’s trade is carried by sea. Our ocean environment affects us every day, through weather, the food we eat, and the stuff we use. Yet, ocean data is exceedingly sparse, and we know more about the surface of the moon than the waters surrounding us. Distributed sensing has revolutionized digitizing on land and from space. Ocean’s are next.

Our goal is to create a data-abundant ocean and provide critical insights to science, society, and industries. As a first step, we deploy and grow the world’s largest real-time ocean weather sensor network which provides the most accurate marine weather information and forecasts to power industry-specific solutions.

We believe that more and better ocean data will contribute to greater understanding of our environment, better decisions, improved business outcomes, and ultimately contribute to a more sustainable planet.

Now click the NEXT button to go on to the content of the original newsletter that grabbed the attention of “Sofar Ocean” and which has many teacher resources for building SWI lessons based on Greta Thunberg’s speech to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos Feb 21, 2019.