Building a Just and Sustainable World Summer 2007
I hope this time of year allows you to breathe deeply and take in all that summer offers in the way of replenishment and renewal. I’ve just finished reading Barbara Kingsolver’s latest book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life and I highly recommend it!
Below you’ll find additional resources and readings on food and sustainability that I hope feed your soul and inspire creative thinking about your teaching and learning.
And take a look—and listen—to our stories from you about your efforts to connect and inspire students.
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Here are two stories about teachers tackling big issues like immigration and sustainability using creative and student-led approaches.
Listen in on a three minute Northwest Public Radio interview about what happens when a creative Seattle teacher helps her students broaden their understanding of immigration by connecting them with girls their age in rural, Hispanic, Eastern Washington.
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A small strawberry patch, nestled below pine trees on Bainbridge Island, Washington, embodies a story of collaboration, community, and hope for a better world. The strawberries are planted on the cozy grounds of Voyager Montessori Elementary School, just up the road from YES! Magazine. Teachers at Voyager were inspired by a YES! workshop on the Earth Charter to develop year long school curriculum that would empower their students take action for sustainability and social justice. More >>
Please send us your stories of innovative, inspiring teaching and we’ll post them online.
5 Ways the role of the U.S. has been turned upside down. Latin Americans are uniting and challenging American influence in their countries.
Building democracy in politics and workplaces, collaborating across borders and fighting poverty.
Latin Americans are turning their continent around.
Find out more about teaching on food and sustainability from these curriculum resources, YES! articles, and links to great resources. The YES! Earth Charter Curriculum Module combines lesson plans and activities with inspiring YES! stories of people and communities that are thriving by choosing to live with compassion and respect for all people and the planet.
Looking for a way to help your students explore the values that will lead to a more just, sustainable and peaceful world? Take a look at the YES! Earth Charter Curriculum Module for valuable lesson plans and teaching tools for your classroom teaching.
More and more young people are concerned about the corporate economy. Help them see that there are alternatives—like eating local food and supporting small businesses—that contribute to a more just and sustainable world. Discover how we can bring our economy home.
Help your students discover what straw bedding has to do with healthy hogs and a sustainable food system. Midwestern farmers' “hoop houses” are cheaper to build and maintain than toxic factory farms, and they create dramatically less waste.
A valuable source for curriculum materials and activities for K-12 classrooms on vital issues like poverty, sustainability, environment, and population. Free resources like class sets and teacherís guides are available online.
Learn how a school has transformed an asphalt parking lot and an old, unused kitchen into a thriving garden and learning center for students.
The Slow Food movement helps people rediscover the joys of eating and understand the importance of caring where their food comes from, who makes it and how itís made. Slow Food has educational programs for everyone, and programs range from training teachers and collaborating on curricula to improving school lunches.
YES! Magazine often features exceptional poetry. Take a look at these three special poems!
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For an inside and human look at Mexico—through the voices of Mexicans— take a look and listen to this contemporary and engaging website, Alive in Mexico.
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Valle de la Luna, Bolivia.
Photo by Lucy O'Doherty
More art from our Latin America issue in this photo essay.
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