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Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions December 2009
Conversations about climate change have ramped up with the recent gathering of political leaders in Copenhagen. Even after your students understand basic climate change facts and proposed solutions, the question beckons, “So what can I do about it?”
The current issue of YES! Magazine, Be a Climate Hero, shares stories on people who are stepping up to the challenge. With the help of Annie Leonard’s compelling Story of Stuff Project and other inspiring YES! resources, I’d like to take you and your students to the next level by looking at small steps to living differently.
To the often-quoted proverb, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together,” former vice president Al Gore added, “We have to go far quickly.” It’s going to take the engagement of all of us to avert the climate crisis. Starting today.
May your winter break and New Year be bright!
People often fear interacting with those of different generations because of misjudgments and stereotypes. Canadian-based photographer John Hasyn faced these challenges when he chose to serve the Inuit youth of Nunavut in the Arctic zone of northern Canada. See how one moment with a young person changed his perspective forever. This is John’s story.
MORE OF YOUR STORIES: Free to Be Me. Starting with Place. Anthropology 101. Hands-on Sustainability. Chicken Soup for the Soul in the Classroom. Local food in schools.
SEND US your own story to share with our growing network of YES! educators.
The Story of Stuff will have your students bubbling over with questions and aha’s, and provoke ideas on how they might live differently. Resources to further understand what’s driving these problems and support action include a discussion guide, group activities, and a list of 10 Little and Big Things You Can Do.
In this new ten-minute film, Annie Leonard offers a warning about what she considers the dangers of cap and trade. Due to its technical and controversial nature, The Story of Cap and Trade is recommended for high school and university students.
Climate Change Curricula
Robert Shetterly’s series of painted portraits are eye-catching reminders of the dignity, courage, and importance of some of America’s truth tellers—whether or not one agrees with them. Explore this collection and curriculum with your students to find a new hero or someone who inspires inner change.
Encourage your students to interview their grandparents about what they ate in the 40s, and compare these mouth-watering (?) meals with what epitomizes present-day eating and dining in your region.
Cover of Mark Kurlansky's The Food of a Younger Land, along with Library of Congress photo from WPA America Eats files.
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2009 Brower Award Winners
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