Teaching Sustainability

How to build a robust economy, healthy planet, and just world for all.

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"Genetically Modified Food" Middle School Winner Sharon Lin
by Sharon Lin
Sharon Lin is a student of Michael Ferraro at William R. Satz School in Holmdel, New Jersey. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article "A Month Without Monsanto," by April Dávila. Read Sharon's essay about how April Dávila inspired Sharon to adopt an organic vegan diet, and the increased energy and self-confidence she felt as a result.
"Genetically Modified Food" Literary Gem Author Omar Charles
by Omar Charles
Omar Charles is a student of Allison Stuart at General George A. McCall Elementary School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He read and responded to the YES! Magazine article "A Month Without Monsanto," by April Dávila. Read Omar's essay about his realization that when it comes to fighting products that may harm people and the environment, he has to become his own hero.
"10 Reasons Why Co-ops Rock" Poster
by Jing Fong
Toolbox for Education and Social Change has a great classroom tool on cooperatives. You can buy its "10 Reasons Why Co-ops Rock" poster at pay-what-you-want prices. Available in Spanish, too.
Resources from The Food Project
by Jing Fong
The Food Project, based in the Boston area, focuses on sustainable agriculture and youth leadership, and graciously shares many of its manuals, activities, and curricula for free.
Equal Exchange Fair Trade Learning Tools
by Jing Fong
Equal Exchange, a worker-owned cooperative,has been at the forefront of fair trade, supporting small-scale farmers for over 25 years. Part of its mission is to educate and engage the public in the fair trade movement. Its curriculum, working papers, and infographics are terrific learning tools on fair trade, sustainable agriculture, and cooperatives.
Research on the Politics of Meditation Points to Deeper Truths
by Richard Schiffman
Psychologists recently conducted a study that found that meditation may make you more liberal, at least in the short-term. Richard Schiffman argues that the politics of true spirituality are more about balance than support for any one side.
How Does Nature Do That?
by Margo Farnsworth
Former park ranger-turned-professor Margo Farnsworth believes that biomimicry is one of the most important new tools for sustainability. It gets her students outside and unleashes their scientific and entrepreneurial minds.
Biomimicry 3.8 Institute
by Jing Fong
The Biomimicry 3.8 Institute supports scientists, engineers, architects, business-people, and teachers who desire to use nature's models as inspiration for creating man-made products and sustainable technologies.
The Debate on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
by Jing Fong
Study these three infographics to get three different points of view on GMOs. Students will learn about GMOs—and become more discerning about what organizations want them to believe.
Curriculum & Resources: World Savvy
by Jing Fong
World Savvy prepares the next generation to learn, work, and thrive as responsible and engaged global citizens. It provides curriculum and other classroom-ready resources, professional development, and an educator network to boost student global competency.
Visual Learning: In a Bind
by Molly Lunn
This Visual Learning activity will get your students thinking about what it would be like to live a nomadic lifestyle, and to be forced to live and work in an unfamiliar place.
Visual Learning: High and Dry
by Susan Lloyd
This Visual Learning lesson will get your students thinking about what it would be like to live in a remote area and between two worlds—the past of their ancestors and the present of American mainstream culture.
Curriculum & Resources: The Big Disconnect Infographic
by Jing Fong
The average American spends 90 percent of his or her time inside—a recipe for obesity, asthma, and other ill effects. The Big Disconnect Infographic, created by CottageCountry.com and the David Suzuki Foundation, spells out the benefits that the natural environment brings to human health.
Permaculture Helps Us Remember Who We Are
by Lilian Hill
Lilian Hill has a vision that the next generation of Hopi people will be healthy and find solutions to the challenges they face. Through Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture, she reconnects Hopi people of all ages to traditional farming and ecological wisdom.
YES! Recommends: Center for Ecoliteracy
by Jing Fong
YES! recommends the Center Ecoliteracy for its sustainable living resources. At the heart of the Center's work is the understanding that guidance for living abundantly is all around us through Mother Nature.