"There is no environment out there and we are here. We are the environment."
Back by popular demand, you can once again join David Suzuki, live, in your classroom as he talks about his life experiences and compelling vision for the future of our planet. The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and the David Suzuki Foundation are offering students (ages 13 +) the chance to ask David about his experiences and the environment.
Where: Live in your classroom via teleconferencing
When: Tuesday, November 13th and Wednesday November 14th 2012, both days at 1:00 p.m. EST (1-hour duration)
In Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie the iconic scientist’s “last lecture” is intercut with emotional scenes that trace his life’s journey, from an internment camp in British Columbia and the swamps of small-town Ontario to a memorial ceremony in Hiroshima and the CBC studios. The film encourages the examination of world events in relation to oneself and one another, as well as our interconnections with nature.
To participate, simply purchase the documentary Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie at the institutional use price*. By purchasing the film, you will be automatically registered to participate in our event. You will receive an e-mail shortly after finalizing your purchase with further important information about the NFB virtual classroom in November. Please note that space is limited for this event.
Show the film to your class and use our educator’s guide (see below) to help spark discussion. Next, have students prepare questions for David, and submit them before Thursday, October 26, 2012 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our selection of questions will be representative of all the questions we receive. We will let you know which students have been selected to ask their questions by November 2, 2012.
* If you have already purchased the film, or if you participated last year, you can register for only $40 per day. Please contact Customer Services to complete the transaction, at email@example.com.
Your school will be asked to participate in a technical test of video and audio equipment. Log-in information will be e-mailed prior to the event.
About the Educator’s Guides
The purpose of these guides is to encourage teachers of grades 9–12 to incorporate the National Film Board documentary Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie into their lesson plan by identifying where and how the film can support current curriculum expectations. In addition to connecting film content with subject outcomes, the guide offers a number of suggestions and activities to help teachers extend the discussion of a variety of themes, organized under the following headings:
These units can be explored selectively or collectively, depending on their relevance to the curriculum for which the teacher is responsible. An adaptation of this guide has also been developed in French to accompany the French version of the film. This guide can be downloaded here.