Environment

January 21, 2018
To the Teacher:   In December 2017, President Trump announced a decision to dramatically scale back two national land monuments in Utah. His action takes some two million acres out of Bears Ears and…
December 6, 2016
  Student Reading For many months, members of the Standing Rock Sioux have been protesting plans to run a stretch of oil pipeline underneath North Dakota's Lake Oahe - a reservoir on the Missouri…
September 23, 2016
Introduction Ask students:  Do you know what’s happening at the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in North Dakota?    Elicit and explain that for the past several months, the Standing Rock…
August 7, 2016
Reading 1: Should Animals Be Entertainers? Is it ethical to keep in captivity animals that are normally found in the wild? In recent years, the debate around this question has been heating up, with…
April 19, 2016
Learning Objectives Students will: keep a record of their plastics use brainstorm ways to decrease their use of plastics choose and implement at least one action step they will take to reduce…
April 3, 2016
To the teacher: Over the past fifteen years the unconventional natural gas extraction technique known as "horizontal hydraulic fracturing," or fracking, has led to a new boom in natural gas in the…
February 27, 2016
To the Teacher: Early this year a state of emergency was declared for the city of Flint, Michigan, because of alarmingly high levels of lead in the city's water. Currently, more than 100,000 people…
April 20, 2015
To The Teacher:   Arguably, no nation on Earth is as car-crazed and car-dependent as the United States. Over the past century, the concept of the "private car" has been deeply woven into the…
February 28, 2015
Question On February 24, 2015, President Obama vetoed something that has been described in these ways: "The fuse to the biggest carbon bomb on the planet."  - 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben…
September 13, 2014
To the Teacher: On September 21, 2014, protesters came together in New York City (as well as in cities around the world) for what turned out to be the largest climate march in history. The People's…