TAG: Environmental education

America’s Road To Energy Independence

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This is a four-part video series Popular Science created. The series follows Jacob Ward, the magazine’s editor-in-chief as he travels across the country and around the globe, discovering the next-generation of alternative energy solutions that will bring the United States into an era of eco-independence. Part One This first segment takes us on a journey to discover how solar cells will one day be embedded in fabric. Right now, Popular Science has only uploaded the first segment to their youtube channel. Follow this link to view the rest of these educational, and incredibly insightful videos. Have a thought? Share it… read more

Crash Course Ecology: Pollution

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Hank and John Green collectively run a Youtube channel called “Crash Course” that teaches you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about science, history, math, how things work, etc. It’s quite brilliant, and we highly recommend it. In this segment, Hank gives us a crash course on pollution and how it affects the environment around us. You may think you know pollution, but in case you need a refresher, check out the short video below. Have a thought? Share it in the comments below.

Education Outside

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Imagine a gray schoolyard paved with asphalt being transformed into a flourishing ecosystem; with footpaths meandering from bursts of native flora to vegetable patches teeming with in-season crops. Education Outside is an organization that strives to incorporate environmental enlightenment into school curricula; doing so by transforming traditional schoolyards into green havens where kids can help build a sustainable ecosystem. Based in San Francisco, Education Outside has sprouted green classrooms in the schoolyards of dozens of schools in the San Francisco area. In addition, they provide environmentally concerned curricula and training for teachers. In these natural sanctuaries, students not only learn… read more

Green Degrees

Green Degrees

You needn’t attain a university education to begin a life devoted to the environment, nor must you be an environmentalist to enjoy the benefits of earning a degree in green courses. However, if you are in pursuit of a higher education and increased opportunity, you’d be wise to consider majors with emphasis on improving the health and sustainability of our society. Law Environmental Law concerns the relationship between human activity, especially corporate and industrial, and its effects on the environment and human health. Most who aspire to become a lawyer specializing in environmental issues get their Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental… read more

Irreplaceable Treasures

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Earth currently faces a global extinction crisis that threatens the stability of all life on the planet. Through human impact and climate change, countless species of plants and animals alike are disappearing at rates 1000 times faster than occur naturally in the wild. Now, more than ever, it is essential that environmental educators promote public awareness of biodiversity and the roles played by the massive variety of life-forms on Earth. If we fail in this mission, all too many species will go the way of the dodo. This might sound alarming. But facing the harsh reality is essential to creating solutions… read more

The Magic Shoe Box

The Magic Shoe Box

This morning, David, an old family friend in his eighties, shared with me a childhood story of growing silk worms. As a little boy, he would gather a pile of mulberry leaves, stuff them into a shoe box, and hide half a dozen small caterpillars beneath the foliage. The creatures were the object of fascination for David as a little boy. He would marvel at the caterpillars’ ravenous appetites as they devoured box after box of mulberry leaves. With every mouthful, the caterpillars grew fatter. Eventually the little critters grew thicker than David’s thumb. When the caterpillars were fat and… read more

Eco Education – An Important Subject

Eco Education

Once upon a time, exemplary education involved an “expert” imparting words of wisdom upon the passive student who simply listened to, and processed new information and ideas. Dissemination was the key to learning, and learning happened by default. Thankfully, the world of education has changed…at least in principle. Today, amid increased awareness of the importance of education in social change for sustainability, learners are now viewed as active participants in their own development (and the development of their local communities). Today, educators need to be facilitators more-so than the traditional “sage on stage”. Within environmental education for sustainability, the focus has… read more

What is Earth Day?

Earth Day

The observance of Earth Day began in the U.S. in 1970 as a way for individuals to gather in response to the growing interest in a national environmental movement. Escalating concerns for ecological awareness in both the personal and political arenas were amplified by many during this time. A bit of history from The Old Farmer’s Almanac recounted that proactive John McConnell from California and Gaylord Nelson, then Senator of Wisconsin, both opened the gates for exchange in their local areas. They initiated people to gather together in order to demonstrate their unity over environmental issues. The spring equinox on… read more

Environmental Education

Learning outside the classroom

Environmental education (EE) provides opportunities for students to learn in natural environments. Instead of sitting in classrooms listening to teachers talk, children in EE programs participate in hands-on activities at local rivers, city parks, urban gardens, and other natural spaces. EE teachers use the features of natural environments to teach science, math, language arts, social studies, history, and other subjects. Instead of imparting facts in isolation, EE situates learning within the context of real-world places and issues to make it meaningful for students. Fresh air and exercise are added bonuses. Research summarized by the Place-Based Education Evaluation Cooperative has shown… read more

Climate Changes All

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If biodiversity – the proliferation of life on Earth, the totality of plants and animals and micro-organisms – is already being radically diminished through human activities, what impact will climate change have on ecosystems and species around the world? There is growing agreement amongst conservation biologists and ecologists of the intimate connection between concerns about biodiversity loss and concerns about climate change. To this point, habitat destruction, introduced species, over-population and consumption, pollution and over-exploitation have been the key culprits for loss of species world-wide. According to Robert May (cited in Planet Earth: The Future (what the experts say)), these… read more