Teaching Sustainability

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

Food stamp challenge

Living on a Food Stamps Budget

A one-week challenge to live on $3 each day. Plus, Seafood Watch's guide to healthy (and not) fish.

 

 

 


Visual Learning: Have Wheels, Will Travel
by Alyssa Austin
With this YES! lesson plan, you and your students can luxuriate—and pause—to truly understand an image, its message, and why it’s interesting (or not). In this case it's all about bikes.
Words That Inspire: The Once-ler, from The Lorax with photos by Chris Jordan
by Jing Fong
Quote from The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and images from Chris Jordan's stunning series on America's obsession with consumption, Intolerable Beauty, with a note to educators.
Visual Learning: Gone Fishing
by Alyssa Austin
Use this photo to ask your students what they notice and are wondering. Then share the facts behind the image to connect to greater understanding and discovery.
Climate Action
by Jing Fong
These curricula are bursting with impressive lessons, experiments, and visual tools to guide your students in their exploration of climate change and the influence of common plants on human kind.
10 Little and Big Things You Can Do
by Annie Leonard
There is no one simple thing to do to change our consumption patterns, because the set of problems we’re addressing just isn’t simple. But everyone can make a difference, and the bigger your action the bigger the difference you’ll make.
Teaching With The Story of Stuff
by Annie Leonard
Watch The Story of Stuff, read our review of the film, and explore our selected YES! articles that address the complex issues that relate to our materials economy and how we can choose to live differently.
Visual Learning: Salt Flats of Uyuni
by Lilja Otto
Images, photos, and pictures stimulate the mind. For the viewer, they offer a chance to connect and question. They also offer potential for play and imagination, and pulling the observer into purposeful messages.
Visual Learning: Self Portrait in Waste
by Jing Fong
Use this photo by Chris Jordan to ask your students what they notice and are wondering. Then share the facts behind the image to connect to greater understanding and discovery.
Connect and Engage: Food Stamps and Seafood
by Jing Fong
What would you eat for only $3 each day? What’s the difference between freshwater and farm raised fish? You and your students will take your eating awareness to another level with these two resources. Your new knowledge will make you think before you buy.
YES! Recommends: Sustainable Table
by Jing Fong
The multi-media resources from Sustainable Table are designed to awaken consumers to the problems with factory farming and to promote sustainable food as a desirable and more responsible alternative.
Visual Learning: Ending Hunger
by Jing Fong
Use this photo to ask your students what they notice and are wondering. Then share the facts behind the image to connect to greater understanding and discovery.
Connect and Engage: Local Food
by Jing Fong
Here’s an array of colorful, practical, and compelling materials that you can use not only in your classroom but also in your profession and everyday life.
YES! Recommends: Food For Everyone
by Jing Fong
Raising youth: growing food, justice, and leadership in your classroom. These articles from the Food For Everyone issue of YES! Magazine embody the possibilities when we take our health and our food into our own hands.
Teaching Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming
by Gary Braasch, Lynne Cherry
Award-winning photo-journalist Gary Braasch has joined forced with kids author Lyne Cherry to tell the story behind the big climate change headlines and introduce 5-8 graders to the science of global warming.
Xavier Cortada: Artist’s Statement
by Xavier Cortada
To address global climate change, Cortada has created two related works. One focuses on global awareness, the other on local action. The artist says: "My work aims to challenge us to find deeper meaning in our present lives by exploring the paths of those who came before us and our relationship to the natural world."