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Building a Just and Sustainable World March 2008
I'm sad to let you know that I'll be leaving YES! in early April, but I'm delighted that the program continues to reach increasing numbers of educators working for positive change. If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining the YES! team working on positive solutions, please see our Education Outreach Manager job description.
Share these inspiring stories from two former YES! interns. Ryan describes his work with a pioneering school in Guatemala and Sarah reports on her experience at the University of Washington's Focus the Nation teach-in.
NEXT TIME: Hear from a middle-school teacher in Tumwater, Washington, about her innovative approach to teaching about global warming.
MORE OF YOUR STORIES: Examples of teaching about human rights, immigration, and sustainability.
Please send us your stories of inspiring teaching to share with our growing network of YES! educators.
Here are lesson plans from our partner the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. You can use these with selected YES! articles to teach about building a green and just economy, cities that serve communities and nature, and a just world that works for all.
The lesson plans focus on five aspects of the Center's Green-Collar Jobs Campaign: The Green Wave and My Community :: Exploring Eco-Privilege :: Green Jobs, Not Jails! :: Model Cities and You :: Finding the Solutions
Introduce your students to these lessons with this 2 minute video of Van Jones, founder of the Ella Baker Center, as he speaks about building a green economy that lifts people out of poverty.
Brower Youth Awards—Earth Island's New Leaders Initiative
The Brower Youth Awards are a major component of Earth Island Institute's New Leaders Initiative created in memory of David Brower—community activist, environmentalist, and founder of Earth Island Institute. The Awards recognize six young people annually for their outstanding activism and leadership on a project with positive environmental and social impact. Share these two inspiring stories of youth engaged in building a more just and sustainable world with your students.
Carlos is all about being the change—invite your students to hear about his commitment and dedication to his Boston community and how he lives the change he believes in.
Listen to Jon's energetic acceptance speech as he invites all of us to “step outside our comfort zones” and remake our world.
Ask your students to consider Walt Whitman's preface to Leaves of Grass and whether they agree or not with his advice.
INDEX: in this issue
How to Get More YES!
37th Annual Conference
of the North American Association for Environmental Education October 15-18, Wichita, Kansas
Check out the call for student posters or enter the NAAEE photo contest.
YES! in Spanish
Maestros y profesores de español
Here is a powerful pair of learning tools about social change in Argentina.
Invite your students to discuss an article in Spanish from our Latin America issue and view a short excerpt from the film Argentina: Turning Around.
READ: Horizontalidad: donde toda la gente lidera by Marina Sitrin
(article in English)
YES! Web Picks
Photo by Xavier Cortada
The Longitudinal Installation
Miami artist Xavier Cortada's installation at the South Pole will visually challenge your students to think about how climate change affects us all—pole to pole.
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