Content in preparation (including discussion of Columbus Day & Indigenous Peoples' Day) … [Read more...] about Indigenous People and their role in the Americas
Focus on Pages
The "Focus On" section provides in-depth information and opinion on many facets of sustainability. (Although these topics may appear quite distinct and separate, it’s important to remember that they are interconnected and interdependent in multiple ways — in general, the 4 basic principles of ecology apply to all complex systems.)
When you select a Focus On… topic, the system will select all the articles and posts in that category with the most recent pages at the top, just under a brief introduction to the topic. (Many articles appear in multiple categories.)
Background & detail information is organized into the main categories listed in the left sidebar.
Education & Schools
Learning is a natural process that happens in every imaginable setting. Schools are designed, in theory, to promote and enhance learning. Some schools use highly-structured curriculum, while others use a more experiential, democratic, & student-driven approach. In practice, many schools also function to stifle criticism and to instill the values of state policy, religious dogma, or other value systems.
- teach-climate.net for information on how to integrate global warming & climate change into your school!
- resources for better schools & learning
Other school-related topics: Militarism in schools
As part of the schools initiative, we're posting this preliminary list of thoughts on implementing climate-related activities in various subject areas: Below are some ideas that can serve as a starting point — they're not intended as actual classroom activities but to raise some possible ways that teachers can use to engage students and develop lesson plans or … [Read more...] about Cross-curriculum integration
This project explores ways to integrate climate & sustainability in schools, with a focus on student-centered, inquiry-based learning. As of January 2017, the initial phase is complete: the GHG calculator and the background information for teachers, including a subject-by-subject look at cross-curriculum integration, is now complete. The full text is available online at … [Read more...] about Climate & Sustainability in Schools Initiative
Ideally, meals at school should do more than provide food that meets minimum nutrition requirements. In addition to supporting students' physical health, we think meals should: be a part of students' learning experience allow sufficient time for students to enjoy their meals, relax, and interact socially Medical organizations and health experts strongly recommend … [Read more...] about Healthy Lunchtime Environment
To build an environment that truly supports health & wellness, we need to recognize that we sometimes need to make decisions before health impacts or safety concerns can be definitively proven or disproven. Where human health is involved, it is difficult or impossible to study impacts that involve multiple risk factors or may develop over long periods of time — some … [Read more...] about Precautionary Principle in Wellness Policies
Most school districts have a wellness policy that addresses multiple aspects of student health, often including both food and physical activity. This section deals with food, lunchtime environment, and the importance of the precautionary principle. Healthy School Food Lunchtime Environment Precautionary Principle in Wellness Policies [More information to be added … [Read more...] about School Wellness Policies
In addition to meeting the nutrition requirements of the USDA, school food should also follow the 'first principle of care', which is to do no harm. We believe this requires food that is raised without the use of synthetic chemical fertilizers or pesticides, since these chemicals cause harm to people in the communities where the food is raised and to those who eat it. In … [Read more...] about Healthy School Food
by Karen Henninger “Scientific research is based on the idea that everything that takes place is determined by laws of nature and therefore this holds for the action of people. Our task must be to free ourselves from our prison by widening the circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in beauty.” —Albert Einstein We must have a … [Read more...] about Reviving and Sustaining Humanity and the Earth
Following are the principal sources we used to prepare these pages, with updated information added as it becomes available. Reports, Fact Sheets, & Scientific Studies Athletic Playing Fields and Artificial Turf: Considerations for Municipalities and Institutions [PDF]. Toxics Use Reduction Institute at University of Massachusetts–Lowell (June 2016). David R. Brown. … [Read more...] about Sources & Links for More Information on Synthetic Turf
by Colton Krial & Leah Triber During the first month of 2014, Oxfam released a report on the state of global inequality. The fact that quickly came to define the report spoke of the unprecedented level of wealth that a small group of individuals accumulated through what capitalists would have us think of as “hard work” and the “entrepreneurial spirit of competitiveness … [Read more...] about Social Space, Public Discussion, Political Action