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Saving Nature Action Plan

Resource Type: Curriculum
Description: The most direct action plan for inspiring students to become stewards for saving and protecting rainforests, oceans and deserts of the world. Students come to understand that saving habitat and ecosystems saves millions of species of plants, animals, and, is intimately connected to our own future on earth. Learning guides believe that all children start their lives as naturalists with the possibility to link their local wild community with wildlife and wild places around the world through the Adopt An Acre and Adopt A Reef programs. An inspiring 5 minute DVD titled "Saving Rainforest Is For The Birds" depicts how 1st and 2nd grade students in New York concerned about the eastern bluebird helped save its neotropical home while building Bluebird nest boxes to place locally.
Cost: No
Time: Ongoing
State:
Topic: Habitat/Ecosystems
Grade:
Elementary (K-5)
Middle (6-8)
High (9-12)

Book Summary - Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet, by Jeffrey Sachs

Resource Type: Information/Statistics
Description: This is a thorough summary of Jeffrey Sachs' New York Times bestseller. Sachs, an influential economist who has had a prominent role in advising the United Nations on global problems, provides clear explanations for how the environment, population, and poverty are interconnected and how these problems can be successfully addressed. He also offers compelling reasons for thinking that it is in the interests of wealthy nations to address the needs of the poorest nations. The author of this summary holds a Ph.D. from The University of Chicago and uses this material in a course for high school students on Contemporary World Affairs.
Cost: No
Time: Ongoing
State: Washington
Topic:
Air/Climate
Energy Conservation
Habitat/Ecosystems
Sustainability
Water
Grade: High (9-12)

Book Summary - Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization by Lester Brown

Resource Type: Information/Statistics
Description: This is a 2500 word summary of an influential environmental resource. Lester Brown, the author of Plan B 4.0, is the president of the Earth Policy Institute. His book calls for a wartime-like effort to combat climate change and associated global problems, such as the pressure that growing populations and increased global consumption are placing upon global water and land resources. The book is particularly helpful in teaching how global problems are interconnected. This summary includes a link to the Earth Policy Institute, where the entire book can be downloaded free of charge, and where Brown also provides a PowerPoint slide presentation of the information contained in the book. The author of this summary holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and uses this information in a secondary level Contemporary World Affairs course.
Cost: No
Time: Ongoing
State: Washington
Topic:
Air/Climate
Energy Conservation
Habitat/Ecosystems
Sustainability
Waste/Recycling
Water
Grade: High (9-12)

Book Summary - Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis by Al Gore

Resource Type: Information/Statistics
Description: This is a substantial (3400 word) summary and review of Al Gore's most recent book on climate change. Based on his conversations with experts over the course of 30 climate Summit Solution conferences, Gore's latest book goes far beyond An Inconvenient Truth in proposing specific solutions to climate change. The author of this summary holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and uses this information in a secondary level Contemporary World Affairs course.
Cost: No
Time: Ongoing
State: Washington
Topic:
Air/Climate
Habitat/Ecosystems
Sustainability
Water
Grade: High (9-12)

No Impact Curriculum-Earth Friendly living

Resource Type:
Curriculum
Lesson Plans
Online Tool
Description: The No Impact Project, inspired by Colin Beavan, has just released a free secondary-school curriculum, the No Impact Curriculum, focused on earth-friendly living. When Colin Beavan (aka “No Impact Man”, http://noimpactman.typepad.com/) and his family decided to try living for a year in New York City without doing any harm to the environment (the “No Impact Experiment”) they attracted worldwide media attention. Beavan wrote about his experience in No Impact Man (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), and a Sundance-selected film of the same title recently was released in theaters nationwide. Why all the fuss? Because the Beavans traded their old habits for more environmentally-friendly ones—and figured out that doing so actually made their lives happier, healthier and more abundant. People around the world started talking about these discoveries, and thousands have since tried their own No Impact Experiment. The No Impact Curriculum is divided into five individual lessons, each co-authored by environmental nonprofit leaders, and focuses on: • Consumption • Energy • Food • Transportation • Water You can DOWNLOAD IT HERE, http://noimpactproject.org/educators-middle-high-school-environment-curriculum-html/ Each multi-media lesson incorporates Beavan's book and the "No Impact Man" film to encourage middle and high school students to explore the effects that their everyday behavior has on the environment, as well as their health and well-being. The lessons also will challenge students to think about how the systems in our present society influence our lifestyle choices in ways that often are detrimental to the environment. Ultimately, this curriculum will guide students to take action both individually and with others to bring about positive change. The curriculum is standalone and there is no need to buy the book. For more information or to download the free No Impact Project Curriculum, click here!, http://noimpactproject.org/educators-middle-high-school-environment-curriculum-html/
Cost: No
Time:
State:
Topic:
Air/Climate
Energy Conservation
Sustainability
Waste/Recycling
Water
Grade:
Middle (6-8)
High (9-12)