In light of increasing populations and dwindling natural resources are playing a crucial role in ensuring people understand and commit to more sustainable lifestyles. Climate change, growing pressures on global fisheries, and the harmfull effect in traditional agriculture methods exacerbate this call. Coupled with this emphasis is the need for career preparation that equips the next generation with 21st-century skills required to support sustainable practices.
Aquaponics is a symbiotic system that combines raising fish in tanks with cultivating plants in a recirculating ecosystem. Natural bacterial cycles convert fish waste into nutrients for the plants, and they in turn filter the water for the fish. Both large and small scale systems can impact our movement toward a more sustainable way of feeding the world’s population.
The themes of sustainability, ocean literacy, and ecological cycles are woven throughout the session as people employ 21st-century thingking and learning skills to address the following guiding question:
- What the natural resources do fish and plants need to survive?
- How can humans reduce their impacts on those resources?
- How is sustainable agriculture important for the long term survival of humans?