Power to Learn and the Wamogo Regional High School in Litchfield, CT, held a Planet in Peril Event in conjunction with CNN on Wednesday, December 3, 2008. Congressman Christopher Murphy and CNN’s Executive Director of Planet in Peril, Charlie Moore, were key participants in the event.
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This special event focused on the current state of our environment using CNN’s “Planet in Peril” curriculum. Following welcoming remarks by Wamogo Regional High School Assistant Principal Jody Lambert, Congressman Murphy, and Cablevision’s Vice President of Government and Public Affairs Adam Falk, 9th grade science teacher April Devereux introduced her honors class and spoke about the students’ use of technology to study the “Planet in Peril” curriculum.
Wamogo’s 9th grade Honors Environmental Class and Video Production class viewed CNN’s “Planet in Peril” program and presented on their learnings. The Video Production Class created a DVD from Planet in Peril to be viewed while the students gave their presentations, and they also filmed the entire event. The students then made their individual presentations addressing environmental conflicts that have strained natural resources.
Charlie Moore listened to the presentations via phone and then answered many thought provoking questions from the students. The students also engaged Congressman Murphy in a Q&A about his views on the environment from an elected official’s perspective.
“It’s important for young people today to be informed about our world and what is happening to our environment. We are relying on them to step up and make the changes necessary to protect our planet,” said Congressman Murphy. “Thanks to programs such as this, our young people are aware of what is at stake, and what they can do about it now, before it’s too late.”
“I wish to thank Cablevision’s Power to Learn, in conjunction with CNN, for making this exciting program available to the students at our school. The current state of the environment and its future is a topic that certainly affects all of us and is certainly worthy of our attention and time,” commented Assistant Principal Jody Lambert.