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A Paleo Perspective on Global Warming (Hawaii)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because The NOAA Paleoclimatology Program, an effort funded by NOAA’s Office of Global Programs, has released a web site entitled “A Paleo Perspective on Global Warming.” This site was developed to help educate, inform and highlight the importance of paleoclimate research; as well as to show how paleoclimate research relates to global warming and other important issues regarding climate variability and change. Recommended for high school students. Reviewed by Office of Global Program.

Annual Editions: Global Issues 09/10. (2009).

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because new editions each year contain collections of 30-40 up to date articles from scholars and the world press that examine the most important global issues facing the planet.  The book has a world map, a glossary, a topic guide, and a list of related websites. This is one of many Annual Editions series. Others (see list on the Annual Editions website) are also relevant to specific issues as well as regional studies.

Citation: Jackson, Robert M. (editor). Guilford, CT: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin. http://www.dushkin.com

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BLUE GOLD. The Global Water Crisis and the Commodification of the World’s Water Supply.

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Recommended because this new 4Slavic and Eastern Europe-page report reveals that emerging water policies of many governments will likely worsen the imminent global water crisis. As the World Bank notes, “The wars of the next century will be about water.” The report addresses: Who owns water? Should anyone? Should it be privatized? What rights do transnational corporations have to buy water systems? Should it be traded as a commodity in the open market? What laws do we need to protect water? What is the role of government? How do we share water in water-rich countries with those in water-poor countries? Who is the custodian for nature’s lifeblood? How do ordinary citizens become involved in this process? Reviewed by International Forum on Globalization.

Citation: Barlow, Maude (International Forum on Globalization (IFG) board member and national chairperson of the Council of Canadians). (1999). $8 for members, $12 for non-members of IFG.

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Community Science Action Guide

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this site provides hands-on materials on environment issues developed by actual in-service teachers in the U.K. and the U.S. This site would be good for K-12 teachers to find available materials suitable for their students. Topics and materials included in this site are planning resources, activities, and ready-to-use materials to teach about various topics such as Saving Water Everywhere, Protecting Resources Today, or Appreciating Age Everyday. Start by any topic looking suitable for your students. Be aware that each topic is organized by grade levels: primary and secondary and by themes: water, life science, and energy.
Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 4/26/04.

Constructing Understandings of Earth Systems Teachers Reference The American Geological Institute (AGI)

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Recommended because AGI develops a comprehensive earth system science program for the middle grades. Topics and materials included in this site are information about instructional design, teacher resources, and on-line evaluations. Start by “Pilot Teacher Resources’ since it provides teaching materials about various topics such as Systems in Space, Geosphere, Hydrosphere, Atmosphere, and Biosphere. Be aware that the three topics: Hydrosphere, Atmosphere, and Biosphere are under construction.
Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 4/26/04.

Costa Rica: The Land and its People (1998, 25 minutes) (Environment)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it provides wide-ranging view of the Costa Rican people, their origins, customs, and aspirations. The film is an open window on the immeasurable biological richness, the culture, the government, and the political and social life in the only country in the world that has no army. Kansas.

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Curriculum: Geographic Data in Education Initiative (GEODE)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because GEODE Initiative currently supports a middle school and a high school curriculum initiative. Topics and materials included in this site are information about the project, curriculum for middle school and high school, and downloadable software. I recommend you start with ‘Curriculum’ since it provides a year-long curriculum for high school (Looking at the Environment) and eight week unit for middle school (Global Warming Project). Be aware of the fact that two softwares (WorldWatcher and My World) are available to download here.
Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 4/26/04.

Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE)

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Recommended because this DLESE attempts to improve the quality, quantity, and efficiency of teaching and learning about the Earth system at all levels. Topics and materials included in this site are educational resources, resources for educators, News, information for developers, and information about DLESE. Start by ‘For Educators’ since it provides some ways to find resources suitable for your students.
Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 4/26/04.

Earth Pulse

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 6, 2012

Recommended because this National Geographic site provides an immense amount of information regarding relationships of human population to world issues.  Especially useful for teaching geography (human, land, movement) and global issues.  Start with The Human Condition, then explore the menu bar on the left.  For primary students, click on the For Kids link.  Reviewed by Sara Adducchio 2012.

EarthTrends: The Environmental Information Portal

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this site focuses on the environmental, social, and economic trends that shape our world. Topics and materials included in this site are information about coastal and marine ecosystem, water resources and freshwater ecosystems, climate and atmosphere, population, health and human well-being, economics, business and the environment, energy and resources, biodiversity and protected areas, agriculture and food, forests, grasslands and drylands, and environmental governance and institutions from world renowned data sources in multiple formats. Start by “About Earthtrends” since it provides video tutorial on how to use this site. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 8/13/03.

Eco-pros

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Recommended because of its effort to present numerous links to the websites on various issues related to environment. This would be the first site for K-12 teachers to visit in order to find websites on particular issues relevant to environment. Topics and materials included in this site are a list of links to the websites on various issues such as the blue planet, grasslands and prairies, sky watch, endangered species, third from the sun, genetic engineering and much more, and links to education in the news (Washington Post Education Section, eSchool News Online, MSNBC Education News, and CNN Education News). Start by Tips for Kids” since it explains how your students should learn environmental issues through websites and other resources. It is also recommended to start with “Teacher Resources” since it provides links to the websites presenting reference material for teaching.
Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 8/13/03.

Energy Education Curriculum Project

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Recommended because this site provides various units or curricula to teach energy issues. Topics and materials included in this site are 5th 6th Grade Modules and Middle School Modules. Start by any topic suitable for your students’ grades and interests.

Environ – for people, the environment and the future

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Recommended because of its effort to provide information, advice and practical help to encourage individuals and organizations to take practical steps towards a more sustainable future. Topics and materials included in this site are an overview of most major environmental issues such as climate change, energy, food, nature, pollution, population, sustainability, transport, waste, and water. Start by the page of the url that I present above since it briefly explains how each issue is interconnected.
Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 8/13/03.

Environmental Issues

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Recommended because this site highlights some of the environmental concerns that has an affect on all of us — from what we do, to what we don’t do. Topics and materials included in this site are external articles, web sites reports and analysis on environmental issues including biodiversity, genetic engineering of food, human population, global warming, and animal and nature conservation. Be aware of the fact this site is a part of “Global Issues that Affect Everyone” dealing with other global issues such as trade related issues, geopolitics, and human rights issues. Recommended for high school students.
Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 8/13/03.

Exploring the Diversity of Life.

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this is a series of ten 10-minute programs that explores the large variety of species that share this planet, examining the underlying role of that variety, its biological sources, its natural history and its intrinsic value. The series crosses the curriculum beginning with biology including natural selection, ecology, morphology, and taxonomy, earth science, language arts and social studies. All concepts are illustrated by comparing examples filmed in the wild in North American temperate forests and Amazonian rain forests. Reviewed by Environmental Media.

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Forest Family Forever!

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Recommended because journey into an enchanted rainforest where magical trees come to life to empower young people with ways they can help protect the last ancient rainforests on Earth! Forest Family Forever! tells the story of a thousand year old grandfather tree who teaches his sapling grandson about the wonders of the rainforests and what kids can do to save them. Be aware of the fact that you can watch this video in Rainforest Action Newtwork site. Reviewed by Rainforest Action Network.

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Free Trade Area of the Americas: the Threat to Social Programs, Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice

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Recommended because this booklet looks at the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), a trade agreement currently being negotiated by 34 countries of the Americas and the Caribbean. The FTAA, largely crafted under the advisement of corporations, is poised to become the most powerful trade agreement in history with sweeping new authority. This booklet will explain the agreement and what is at stake for the hemisphere in terms of setting standards for public health, food safety, worker and environmental protections, and many other areas. 50 pages. Recommended for high school students. Reviewed by International Forum on Globalization.

Citation: Barlow, Maude (Chair, International Forum on Globalization (IFG) Committee on the Globalization of Water). $2 for members and non-members of IFG.

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Full Circle. (1991).

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Recommended because the teen host of Full Circle presents the issues of waste management to junior and senior high school students. The students learn how to become involved in waste reduction, re-use and recycling programs. Reviewed by Environmental Media.

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Global Education: A Worldwide Movement. (1999).

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Recommended because it explores what is done in primary and secondary schools in over 50 countries to further the development of global perspectives in education. The book explores content and curriculum, teacher education, teaching methods, and barriers to global education. The book also explores issues of nationalism–political and ethnic–that create problems and challenges for global education.

Citation: Tye, Barbara B., & Tye, Kenneth A. Orange, CA: Interdependence Press. http://www.interdependencepress.com ($29.95).

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Global Environment

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its effort to promote scientifically sound solutions to the major problems of global environmental change. Topics and materials included in this site are information about activism events on environmental issues, current news about environmental issues, and information about three particular issues: forests, invasive species, and global warming, and archive. Be aware of the fact that this site also provides other issues related to environment such as Food, Vehicles, and Energy.
Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 8/13/03.

Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE)

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Recommended because it is a global science education site. GLOBE is a partnership between schools, colleges & universities, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration, (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and 95 other countries. The purpose of this partnership is engage students in the scientific study of the environment through research-based initiative and activities that focus on advocacy and the training of future researchers for industry, academia, and government. Start with the Teachers Guide link for education resources. This site is an excellent resource for science teachers!  Be aware this site is especially useful for educators of elementary and secondary students.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Global Response – Environmental Action and Education Network

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Recommended because this site attempts to encourage the youth to be environmental activists through letter-writing to corporate and government officials who are killing the earth. Topics and materials included in this site are information about current actions, on-going actions, activist tips for teens, kids, and teachers, letter writing tips, successes, and relevant links. Start by with any current action or on-going action to show to your students so that they can recognize importance and possibility of their participating in the actions. Be aware of the fact that you can obtain free video created by Global Response to celebrate their tenth anniversary and launch a new membership drive here.
Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 8/13/03.

Green Teacher: On-Line Articles (Michigan)

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Recommended because this site offers past articles published in a magazine called ‘Green Teacher.’ Topics and materials included in this site are articles from past issues of Green Teacher, columns called ‘Inside the Internet,’ and the Planet Earth Pages including 20 to 30 short description of K-12 activities related to environmental issues. Be aware of the fact that you can subscribe this magazine and subscription information is here. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 8/14/03.

Greening School Grounds: Creating Habitats for Learning.

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because schoolyard “greening” is an excellent way to promote hands-on, interdisciplinary learning through projects that benefit schools and increase green space and biodiversity in communities. In this new anthology from Green Teacher magazine, readers will find step-by-step instructions for numerous schoolyard projects, from tree nurseries to school composting to native-plant gardens, along with ideas for enhancing learning by addressing the diverse needs of students. Among more than a dozen schoolyard habitat options presented, the guide includes detailed articles on rooftop gardens, far-north gardens, desert gardens, butterfly gardens, ponds and prairie restorations. For project planners, there are practical tips on minimizing vandalism, maximizing participation and raising funds. And for teachers, there are dozens of outdoor classroom activities and curriculum links, a bibliography of learning resources, and up-to-date listings of funders and training organizations. Greening School Grounds is a compendium of the best schoolyard greening articles and activities from Green Teacher. Reviewed by Green Teacher.

Citation: Grant, Tim & Littlejohn, Gail. (Eds.). (2001). $16.95.

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Greenpeace International

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its resources and work on environmental issues such as climate change, forests, oceans, nuclear energy, toxic wastes, trade and environment, and the effects of conflict.  Start by examining What we do and Multimedia  to get a sense of its resources through links to topics and to videos, webcams of Greenpeace ships and photo essays. Be aware  that Greenpeace is an advocacy organization with specific goals. Some visuals may not be appropriate for younger students. Reviewed by Merry Merryfield 1/3/12.

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

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Recommended because this web site deals primarily with global agriculture equity issues, but has expanded its efforts into the sustainability and ecosystem fields. Start with Issues to locate  a selection of articles and documents about Global Issues- to include Agriculture, Climate Change, Energy, Environment, Food, Globalization, Health, Justice, Markets, and Rural Development .  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

International Forum on Globalization (IFG)

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Recommended because because although the IFG presents a slightly slanted focus in favor eliminating capitolist ideals which promote globalization, it does contain information pertaining to environmental activism around the world.  Start with Climate Resources and IFG Programs. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Investigating Earth Systems (IES)

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Recommended because IES is a new, standards-based, Earth Science curriculum for the middle grades developed by the American Geological Institute in association with It’s About Time Publishing. Topics and materials included in this site are collection of links to websites about various topics such as soils, rocks and landforms, oceans, water as a resource, materials and minerals, dynamic planet, fossils, climate and weather, and energy resources. Start by any topic that you would like to teach to your students. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 4/26/04

Kids for a Clean Environment (Michigan)

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Recommended because of its effort to encourage the youth to take an active role to clean and maintain environment around them. This site would be good for students to develop their own missions to take an action on recycle, build, and plant by joining Earth Odyssey missions. This site is recommended for elementary students. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 8/15/03.

KidZone: National Wildlife Federation (NWF) (Duke)

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Recommended because NWF attempts to protect wildlife, wild places, and the environment by uniting individuals, organizations, businesses, and governments. Topics and materials included in this site are activities, book reviews, games, photos, and newsletters about wild animals for kids at the ages of 1-3, 3-7, 7-13, and 13 & up. Be aware of the fact that this site is a part of National Wildlife Federation (NWF) offering some facts on global population and environment in ‘Population & Environment’ section. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 8/14/03.

LANIC

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Recommended because LANIC stands for the Latin American Network Information Center, and is an incredible clearinghouse of information. The maps page supplies regional overviews and country maps. This is a VERY large site, however its alphabetized listing make it easy to use. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

National Wildlife Federation

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Recommended because National Wildlife Federation provides individuals, organizations, businesses and government with accessible, hands-on conservation education and action opportunities, leadership training and development, educational curriculum, information outreach and networking opportunities. Topics and materials included in this site are information about National Wildlife Federation programs, Take Action, photos, films and televisions, links for Kids and Teens, and links for educators. Start by ‘KidZone’ since it provides various activities for particular ages from age 1 to age 13 & up. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 4/25/04.

One Sweet Whirled – One Sweet Campaign to Fight Global Warming (Hawaii)

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Recommended because this site attempts to enhance students’ learning about solutions to global warming. Topics and materials included in this site are a guide to understanding global warming, interactive map, and interactive dorm in ‘Learn More’ section. Start by ‘a guide to understanding global warming’ since it provides detailed information about global warming with beautiful visual images and neat tables. Be aware that this site is available in different languages. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 8/14/03.

Project Learning Tree (PLT)

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Recommended because PLT, an international environmental education program for educators and students in Pre-K-12, is a program of the program of the American Forest Foundation, one of the most widely used environmental education programs in the United States and abroad. Start with PLT curriculum materials for lesson plans, ideas, and activities for students in Pre-K-8 and 9-12. For community action and service learning projects, ideas, and activities, check GreenWorks! Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Rainforest Action Network

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Recommended because it provides information on corporate relationships with the rainforest, human rights of those impacted by the rain forest, benefits and disadvantages of energy use regarding the environment, and resources for teachers and students. Start with Get Involved, and Resources sections.  Also see Rainforest Heroes section for primary student resources. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

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Save Our Environment Action Center (Hawaii)

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Recommended because Save Our Environment Action Center attempts to increase public awareness and activism on today’s most important environmental issues. This site would be good for teachers looking for comprehensive information about various environmental issues. Topics and materials included in this site are links to the websites of organizations on relevant environmental issues such as clean air, clean water, conservation, endangered species, energy, and more. Be aware of the fact that the pull-down menu on the right side of the front page will guide you to a list of links to the webistes on particular environmental issues. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 8/14/03

TakingITGlobal (TIG) (Michigan)

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Recommended because TIG attempts to to collaborate on concrete projects addressing global problems and creating positive change. Topics and materials included in this site are Action, Community, Expression, Opportunities, and Voice sections, links to websites of different regions, latest events, news, and articles about global problems including environmental issues. Start by “Discussions” in Community section since it provides a place to discuss global problems with other students around the world. It is also recommended you start with particular region such as Africa, Asia, Australia & Pacific, Europe, North America, and South America when you click on left-most colored globes.
Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 8/15/03.

Teachers and Students: Rainforest Action Network (RAN) (Duke)

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Recommended because of its effort to provide useful resources about rainforest. This site would be good for K-12 teachers to find lesson ideas to teach rainforest and students to learn about rainforest through various resources. Topics and materials included in this site are information for teachers including resources, lesson plan ideas, and rainforest audioviduals, and information for students including basic information about rainforest, facts about rainforest, and things students can do. Start by “Rainforest Lesson Plan Ideas” since it presents a list of activity ideas in different subjects in order to teach rainforest. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 8/14/03.

Teaching About Climate Change: Cool Schools Tackle Global Warming.

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because helping teachers and students to tackle the challenging topic of climate change, this new anthology from Green Teacher offers a framework for teaching fundamental concepts and a variety of activities that can be undertaken in school, at home or in the community. Teachers will find practical ideas for making the intangibles of climate change more concrete to students, including experiments that demonstrate the greenhouse effect, school energy and waste audits, and hands-on explorations of energy and transportation alternatives from solar cookers to bike-a-thons. Up-to-date lists of learning resources and related organizations round out the collection of the best of Green Teacher on the topic of climate change. Reviewed by Green Teacher.

Citation: Grant, Tim & Littlejohn, Gail. (Eds.). (2001). $12.95.

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The Environment: Saving the Planet.

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Recommended because The Environment: Saving the Planet offers a practical, hands-on approach to helping children to explore, learn and understand about the world around them. This absorbing book provides an all-round introduction to environmental science, covering pollution and waste, recycling, endangered species and habitats, and types of energy. It is filled with practical ideas and activities to help young earth-watchers learn more about their world. Reviewed by environ – for people, the environment and the future.

Citation: Harlow, Rosie & Morgan, Sally. (2001).

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The Globalization Website

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because because it provides links to a large amount of globalization resources. The site links to organizations, books, people, issues, theories, and a glossary. The site also links to other megasites, data sources, non-English sites (German, French, and Spanish). Start with General Links. and Data Sources (which are categorized by country or issue).  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

The GLOBE Program (Michigan)

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Recommended because GLOBE is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based education and science program. Thus, this site would be good for primary and secondary school teachers and students. In this program students actually gather data and share findings with groups around the world. Topics and materials included in this site are information about education & science, GLOBE data, GLOBE partners, and library. Start by ‘Earth System Resources’ in Educators’ Corner since it provides audio / visual materials about earth system. It is also recommended to start with ‘Teacher’s Guide’ since it presents some basic information about GLOBE programs. Be aware of the fact that this site is available in different languages such as English, Spanish, German, and French. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 8/14/03.

The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply.

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because in Stolen Harvest, Vandana Shiva charts the implacts of globalized, corporate agriculture on small farmers, the environment, and the quality of the food we eat. With chapters on genetically engineered seeds, patents o life, mad cows and sacred cows, and the debate on shrimp farming, this is an impassioned and inspiring book that will shape the debate about genetic engineering and commercial agriculture for years to come. This book will be recommended for junior and high school students. Reviewed by Eco Books.

Citation: Shiva, Vandana. (1999). $14.00.

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The Vanishing Lands

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Recommended because The Vanishing Lands tells the story of sea-level rise in the Chesapeake Bay and offers viewers a beautifully illustrated documentary of the social and environmental impacts on the bay. Reviewed by Environmental Media.

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The Water is Ours, Damn It! (2000).

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Recommended because it is a documentary on the uprising against the privatization of water in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The video features interviews with a wide range of people that were involved in forcing the government of Bolivia to back down. It also includes riveting footage from street battles in Cochabamba, which at one point had up to 100,000 people confronting armed troops in the main plaza. Recommended for high school students.
Available at http://www.1worldcommunication.org/documentaryonbolivia.htm
Reviewed by Foreign Policy in Focus.

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Toward a Way of Life that is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich.

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Recommended because this book was first published in 1981. By embracing the tenets of voluntary simplicity—frugal consumption, ecological awareness and personal growth–people can change their lives and begin to change the world. For nearly two decades this powerful and visionary work has been a catalyst in the emerging dialogue over sustainable ways of living. As the push of environmental stress combines with the pull toward more meaningful ways of living, Duane Elgin’s extensively revised and updated book is more relevant than ever. This book will be recommended for high school students. Reviewed by Eco Books.

Citation: Elgin, Duane. (1993). $12.00.

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World Resources Institute

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because WRI is an environmental think tank that provides information, ideas, and solutions to global environmental problems. Start with Global Topics to find resources on agriculture and food, biodiversity and protected areas, business and economics, climate change and energy, etc.  Resources include news, brochures, maps, regional information, and current research.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.