Facing the future – building kids’ commitment to community and environment

Facing the Future develops young people’s capacity and commitment to create thriving, sustainable, and peaceful local and global communities. We do this by equipping teachers and schools with the tools and strategies to help students:
. Understand global issues and sustainability in a way that shows the connections between population, environment, consumption, poverty and conflict
· Develop a global perspective
· Learn critical thinking skills Be inspired to take personal action

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Improve Environmental Health in Your Community

Philippe Cousteau’s EarthEcho International has partnered with Discovery Education to launch the Water Planet Challenge, designed to engage and empower youth to bring about environmental change starting with water-focused projects at a local level. The Web-based program provides interactive tools and resources for middle and high school–aged youth to design, create and implement service-learning projects that address environmental concerns in their communities, from water conservation to beachfront cleanups. Among the free resources are step-by-step action guides that walk students through a project from investigation to completion; standards-aligned lesson plans that allow middle and high school teachers and students to explore the impact of local action in the context of the recent Gulf oil disaster; and video segments on a variety of environmental topics educators can seamlessly integrate into existing curricula, as well as a link to Philippe Cousteau’s recent webinar on his experiences in the Gulf of Mexico following the oil spill. In the coming months, additional action guides and lesson plans on other water-related environmental issues and additional video clips will further support the Water Planet Challenge.
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The Water Cycle and Global Warming [pdf]

[From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2007. http://scout.wisc.edu/ ]

The Baylor University College of Medicine continues to work at a furious pace on their delightful BioEd Online site, and educators everywhere love them for their work and dedication. Recently, they placed this “ready-to-go” lessson on the water cycle and global warming online, and it’s a true delight. As with the other lessons in this series, the materials here include a brief description of the lesson’s objective, along with information on the intended audience, the materials required to complete the lesson, and so on. Teachers will note that they will need to download a slide set, several activity sheets, and a “State of the Climate Report” offered from the National Climatic Data Center

http://www.bioedonline.org/lessons/water-cycle.cfm

Ecological Footprints: Calculators

http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/ecologicalfootprint/calculators/

Victoria’s Environment Protection Authority has produced a fascinating interactive resource that students and staff can use to measure ‘how much nature we have, how much we use, and who uses it. It shows us how much biologically productive land and water a population (an individual, an organisation, a city, a country, or all of humanity) requires supporting current levels of consumption and waste production, using prevailing technology.’

Switch Awards 2007: Energy Safety Week competition

The Switch Awards are open to all primary and secondary schools in Victoria, South Australia and Queensland. Schools participating in any program or activity that engages their community in energy and the environment are eligible to enter. Winning schools will share in prizes worth $30,000, including two fully installed solar systems (each valued at $10,000). Schools that register their participation before 29 June could win a $100 or $200 early bird assistance grant. Entries close Monday 17 September.

http://www.originenergy.com.au/osj/template.php?pageid=1789