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Sanctuaries of Silence

Theme: 
Health and Well-being, Innovation and Design, Natural Systems, Public Spaces
Grade: 
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Essential questions
How is noise pollution negatively impacting the human and natural world?
How can silence and the act of listening contribute to a healthier environment?

Increasing noise pollution and the loss of silence in our modern world significantly impacts people as well as the environment. Learning how to listen may be one solution.

Students will watch a VR/360 film, Sanctuaries of Silence, about acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton as he takes them on an immersive journey into the Hoh Rain Forest in Washington State, one of the quietest places in North America. Students will explore themes of listening, human connection to the environment, and the effects of modernization.

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