Environment, Futurism, and Science
12-year-old Severn Suzuki speaks at 1992 Earth Summit
As she spoke to world leaders in 1992, Severn Suzuki’s passion and insight moved listeners. Problems remain, obviously, but the 7-minute video is inspiring to young people who also want to change the world and help the environment. Suzuki is still active in the environmental movement.
Founded by environmental author Bill McKibben, 350.org provides resources to track the planet’s carbon dioxide level and to promote social and political action to reverse climate change. According to the site, “350 is the most important number in the world—it's what scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.” Pages explain the science behind the numbers and provide action links as well.
Alliance for Climate Protection
Founded by former vice-president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore, the Alliance pages are linked to facts on climate change and local and global actions citizens and governments can take to address the climate crisis. The Climate Challenge and Solutions links are especially useful in classrooms.
Big Picture Small World
Founded by Medard Gabel, the site offers videos, games, and links to teacher and student workshops on environmental and futurism workshops and activities.
The Earth Force mission states, "Earth Force engages young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities now and in the future." Earth Force encourages direct environmental action, and offices are located throughout the USA.
- Climate Change Resources Excellent and comprehensive set of links provide quick access to sites such as the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, and others.
Google Earth: Impact of Climate Change
A video narrated by Kofi Annan tours the globe and demonstrates the impact of climate change on people around the world and details action steps needed. Other video tours on climate change are linked to this page.
Greensgrow Philadelphia Project:
The parent organization to numerous projects, Greensgrow describes itself as “a nonprofit organization, dedicated to promoting social entrepreneurship through the reuse of land once deemed useless….. an urban environmental solutions idea farm.” See what can be done with abandoned city lots, wind power, composting, and programs to bring healthy foods to inner-city families. Numerous cities, such as Milwaukee and Detroit, have such green initiatives.
Union of Concerned Scientists
Founded by students and teachers at MIT, UCS is now a global organization whose mission is to combine “independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.” Topics explored on the site (and suitable for classroom use) include clean energy, global warming, nuclear power, nuclear disarmament, and more.
United Nations Cyber School Bus: Curriculum on the Environment
Based on the 1992 Children’s Appeal to World Leaders, the unit invites students to explore and prioritize environmental issues.
World Wildlife Fund
“WWF's mission is the conservation of nature. Using the best available scientific knowledge and advancing that knowledge where we can, we work to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth and the health of ecological systems….” Links to Places, Species, Climate, and Act Now provide numerous resources for teaching, learning, and action.