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Humane Education Activities - Multi-Issue

Resource Type:
Curriculum
Lesson Plans
Description: Multi-Issue Humane Education Activities feature lesson plans & activities that explore humane issues more comprehensively, demonstrating the interconnectedness of environmental preservation, animal protection, human rights, and media, culture & consumerism issues. These activities include an ecological component.
Cost: No
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State:
Topic:
Sustainability
Water
Wildlife
Grade:
Elementary (K-5)
Middle (6-8)
High (9-12)

Environmental Protection Humane Education Activities

Resource Type:
Curriculum
Lesson Plans
Description: Environmental Preservation Humane Education Activities feature lesson plans & activities that explore issues related to environmental preservation and sustainability. Activity topics include everything from general sustainability to increasing wonder about nature.
Cost: No
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Topic:
Habitat/Ecosystems
Sustainability
Waste/Recycling
Water
Wildlife
Grade:
Elementary (K-5)
Middle (6-8)
High (9-12)

Book Summary - Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

Resource Type: Information/Statistics
Description: This is a substantive summary of Bill McKibben's book Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. McKibben argues that we have underestimated the pace and impact of climate change, and as a result we now inhabit a planet that has been irrevocably changed. The speed and magnitude of the impact of global warming will require that we abandon our assumption that the economy must grow. In order to endure on the new planet we have created, we will need to develop local resources for growing our own food and creating our own energy. This summary may be useful as background reading for teachers developing secondary level Social Science lessons on climate change.
Cost: No
Time: Ongoing
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Topic:
Air/Climate
Energy Conservation
Habitat/Ecosystems
Sustainability
Grade: High (9-12)

Will Steger Foundation Climate Change Curricula

Resource Type:
Curriculum
Lesson Plans
Online Tool
Description: Will Steger Foundation’s K-12 interdisciplinary climate change education program includes lesson plans that are experiential in nature, tied to national standards, and available free for download. The curricula and online adventure learning program is proud to have the support of the National Education Association with over 3.2 million members. Will Steger Foundation also provides exciting expedition footage from Will Steger and partner polar expeditions and a variety of other resources. Learn more about what we offer.
Cost: No
Time: 1-3 Classes
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Topic:
Air/Climate
Energy Conservation
Sustainability
Grade:
Middle (6-8)
High (9-12)

Book Review/Summary - Green Gone Wrong: How Our Economy Is Undermining the Environmental Revolution by Heather Rogers

Resource Type: Information/Statistics
Description: This is an extensive summary of a recent book by Heather Rogers that criticizes the new green economy. This may be useful primarily as background material for teachers developing Social Science lessons on the environment. Green Gone Wrong is an extensive piece of investigative reporting on several dimensions of the emerging green economy, including organic certification, eco-architecture, green transportation, and carbon offsets.
Cost: No
Time: Ongoing
State: Washington
Topic:
Air/Climate
Energy Conservation
Habitat/Ecosystems
Sustainability
Grade: High (9-12)