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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Go Green: Education for the Ecosystem

This environmental issue includes a roster of green heroes, lesson plans, service-learning opportunities, and more.
By Edutopia
Edutopia Team
Credit: Bart Nagel

There are enormous gains to be made in public education -- potential reforms for what ails the system and promising innovations to bring it to the cutting edge. But every scenario for improvement takes for granted the good health and staying power of our ecosystem.

Can we assume that ongoing pollution of air, water, and soil, as well as extreme weather and other consequences of climate change, will not hamper our vital efforts to effect change? Unfortunately, no. Without significant support, the planet will not provide a safe context for growth or learning.

Fortunately, this reality has not escaped many people invested in education culture. Students, teachers, administrators, and environmental activists have found ways to integrate knowledge and awareness of Earth's fragility with classwork and community service, carefully blending concern with action to help kids feel engaged and hopeful.

That is also our goal with this "Go Green" issue of Edutopia. Every section of the magazine is tied to the theme, from the Editor's Note to Cool Schools to Design, and we enrich the whole package with feature stories dedicated to an exploration of green curriculum, a look at those bringing environmental awareness to education, and projects that involve students and teachers directly with protection of the environment.

Credit: Veer

Read these articles and resources about environmental actions in, around, and for schools:

  • Kids Count: Student researchers become the eyes and ears of environmental scientists.
  • Taking It to the Class: Try these great lesson ideas for environmentally conscious teachers (and their lucky students).
  • Green Heroes: Here are some outstanding educators and students who have become agents of environmental change.

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