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Archive for Eco-Literacy

Eagle Street Rooftop

Imagine the look on a child’s face the moment they discovered this rooftop garden for the first time and how much of an impact it would have… how many questions it would provoke and the learning that would follow…

Video from Food Forward TV profiling “food rebel” Annie Novak, co-founder and farmer of Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Greenpoint, Brooklyn – part working farm, part educational and community space.

via treehugger.com

JR and a Kindergarten in Paris

“Kids from a kindergarten school in Paris participated in the Inside Out Project! Their parents played with my portrait as well. I loved their creativity!” -JR

Trees: Ever Changing Life Forms

“Trees are often regarded as objects and are removed according to the landscape plan ruthlessly. In the Netherlands trees typically reach only one tenth of the age that they could make.

For Raw Color and studio Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters, trees are anything but static. The are ever changing life forms that determine how we experience light, shade, wind and changes of the seasons. This observation, is translated to “illusions” of trees in different materials, that represent the life, dynamics and transformation of trees.

Invited by MU the project is part of Make a Forest, an international platform, founded by Joanna van der Zanden and Anne van der Zwaag.”

Leaves – Temporary Trees from Raw Color on Vimeo.

more HERE

Turning Trash Into Toys For Learning

Overwhelmed by the amount of inspiration here… have a pencil and paper ready when you hit play!

“At the INK Conference, Arvind Gupta shares simple yet stunning plans for turning trash into seriously entertaining, well-designed toys that kids can build themselves — while learning basic principles of science and design.”

Oh my… just discovered these TUTORIALS!

Team Building

I just can’t get enough of Growing Schools. I am so thankful that this organizations has the will and the ability to share their projects with us online. Inspiring, educational and fun.

Watch more videos from Growing Schools on their YouTube Channel

Food For Life

The Food for Life Partnership is a network of schools and communities across England committed to transforming food culture.

By developing a whole school food policy and action plan for your school, you can influence and improve the health of your students and the whole school community.

Schools can play a key role in equipping young people and their families with the skills and knowledge they need to maintain lifelong healthy and climate-friendly eating habits.

The school environment provides an excellent opportunity to help establish these good habits from a young age.”

Dirt! The Movie + Study Guide


Directed & Produced by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow

“Dirt feeds us and gives us shelter. Dirt holds and cleans our water. Dirt heals us and makes us beautiful. Dirt regulates the earth’s climate. Dirt is the ultimate natural resource for all life on earth.

Yet most humans ignore, abuse, and destroy our most precious living natural resource. Consider the results of such behavior: mass starvation, drought, floods, and global warming, and wars. If we continue on our current path, Dirt might find another use for humans, as compost for future life forms.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Another world, in which we treat dirt with the respect it deserves, is possible and we’ll show you how.

The film offers a vision of a sustainable relationship between Humans and Dirt through profiles of the global visionaries who are determined to repair the damage we’ve done before it’s too late. There are many ways we can preserve the living skin of the earth for future generations. If you care about your food, water, the air you breathe, your health and happiness…”

Click the image below for a variety of education resources (pdf), useful with children of any age and you might learn a new thing or two. Happy Earth Day, EVERY DAY!

NAAEE

Just discovered The North American Association for Environment Education, a “network of people who believe in teaching people how to think about the environment, not what to think.” I have spent the last hour exploring the Teachers section, I highly recommend that you take some time out to do the same.

A Conference !

Quercus Suber

While visiting Extremadura, the western region of Spain, I had the pleasure of taking a ride into Monfrague National Park. “The landscape includes dry open pastures, woodland of cork and holm oak, rocky outcrops, a reservoir, and is a bird watchers paradise.”

It was in Monfrague Nation Park that I saw the Quercus Suber aka Cork Oak Tree for the very first time. I knew that cork was a renewable resource but I had never thought about how it grows or where, that is, until I had the pleasure of seeing a Cork Oak forest.

Upon returning home, I turned to wikipedia to find out more — The “tree forms a thick, rugged bark containing high levels of suberin. Over time the cork cambium layer of bark can develop considerable thickness and can be harvested every 9 to 12 years to produce cork. The harvesting of cork does not harm the tree, in fact, no trees are cut down during the harvesting process. Only the bark is extracted, and a new layer of cork regrows, making it a renewable resource. The tree is widely cultivated in Spain, Portugal, Algeria, Morocco, France, Italy and Tunisia. Cork Oak forests cover approximately 25,000 square kilometres in those countries (equivalent to 2.277.700 hectares). Portugal accounts for 50% of the world cork harvest.”

Mind Mapping with Films for Change

Films for Change is a bilingual National Film Board program designed to integrate documentary films on the environment into secondary level education.” Don’t be intimidated by “secondary level education” as these resources are valuable for children of all ages, as you know, it all depends on how you use them. “A comprehensive Teacher’s Guide is available to help students develop media literacy and environmental skills as well as to create an opportunity for students to implement environmental action projects in the classroom.

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