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July 28, 2011

Fighting Pollution From Outer Space – Free Printables for Teachers/Parents

Fighting Pollution From Outer Space.



I’m going to present the information I have researched in fairly simple and child-friendly terms, since my aim will be to provide teacher/parent resources at the bottom of this lens page for parents or educators who would perhaps like to share the information with their students/children.

You will have seen by the title that this lens is about pollution – and trying to combat the problem -> from outer space!

Not all types of pollution are easily seen. For example invisible plumes of gas may drift over our towns and cities; they can cause asthma and a variety of other chest and respiratory problems.

Pollution can kill trees.

Pollution can kill animals.

Pollution can damage the air that we breathe.

Pollution can damage the very earth on which we live, the very earth that without which, we will not be able to survive..

loads of free printables on this page!


April 22, 2010

The Earth Day “Not Rocket Science” Eco-ABC’s | Care2 Healthy & Green Living

The Earth Day “Not Rocket Science” Eco-ABC’s | Care2 Healthy & Green Living.

Happy 40th Anniversary Planet Earth! As a global holiday, celebrating Earth Day galvanizes us to think about the hopes we have for our planet. Every day provides us another opportunity to recommit how we care. You and I, and the rest of the inhabitants of this planet have a common goal. We share a future that depends upon each other. How we preserve, protect and persevere will make the ultimate difference.

Don’t let anyone tell you that reduce, reuse and recycle, green, eco-friendly and sustainable are meaningless cliches. Yes, they may have evolved, been overused, and their meanings may be watered down and sometimes used unsavorily, but that’s no reason to throw in the towel. It just means we’ll continue to answer the hard questions creatively and collectively about climate, the environment, our health, spirituality and how these all will impact our global family. I bet we continue to find the answers needed to ease the Earth’s stresses.

You’ve found your way to Care2 because you want to make a difference in your life, the lives of others and our planet. What I find so remarkable about this community is how we all approach our collective goal through the eyes of our rich and diverse cultures. Action comes in all shades of green, and once we’ve obtained the tools, we can look into our unique lives and view the future through a green lens. Think of it as an eco-filter. It is everyone’s responsibility to take action to keep our planet smiling.

I put together an ABC guide with some ideas and tips you have no doubt heard about before, and others that may have never even entered your eco-radar screen. These simple tips are not rocket science, but collectively they can be a springboard for important discussions about our collective future.

OK, pep talk over. Let’s start reciting our Eco-ABC’s.

A is for Adjust Your Thermostat
B is for Both Sides of the Paper are Usable
C is for Cruise Control: To Save You Gas
D is for Diaper With a Conscience
E is for Eat Organic
F is for Fly With an E-Ticket
G is for Go Vegetarian Once a Week
H is for Hang Dry
I is for Invest in Your Own Coffee Cup
J is for Junk Mail – Cut it Out of Your Life
K is for Keep Your Fireplace Damper Closed
L is for Local: The Way To Go
M is for Make a Bag And Use It
N is for Newspapers – Recycle and Consider Alternatives
O is for Old Cell Phones Need a New Life
P is for Plastic Bottles
Q is for Q-Tips
R is for Recycle Glass
S is for Shower Instead of Baths
T is for Turn Off Computers at Night
U is for Use Fewer Paper Napkins
V is for Vacations
W is for Wash in Cold Water
X is for X Out Your Phone Book
Y is for Your Enemy is Greenwashing

Some of the information gathered for this guide is adapted from 50 Ways To Help

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer and educator. Ronnie regularly writes about sustainable living for online sites and magazines. Along with being the creator of, Ronnie has contributed to numerous books about green home design, DIY, children, and humor. Ronnie lives the Hudson Valley of New York with her family.

July 4, 2009

Environment Teaching and Learning Resources.

Environment Teaching and Learning Resources.

Earth Day provides ideas for protecting the environment at school, at home, and in your community. Find a map showing Earth Day events and volunteer opportunities near you. Get updates and… (Environmental Protection Agency) Data in the Classroom provides curriculum guides for using real scientific data to investigate earth processes. Each guide focuses on a topic (sea level, water quality, and El El Niño) and starts with… (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Visualization Projects includes simulations of more than 40 phenomena: sea ice and CO2, climate change (230-year period), clouds and precipitation, coral reef evolution (starting 21,000 years ago), universal… (National Center for Atmospheric Research, supported by National Science Foundation) Arctic and Antarctic looks at research being conducted in the two polar regions of earth. These vast, icy, inhospitable environments provide “natural laboratories” for scientists to study basic questions… (National Science Foundation) Earth and Space Science provides activities, animations, and lessons on the structure, processes, and history of earth, as well as the solar system, and astronomy. Topics include earthquakes, faults… (Exploratorium, supported by National Science Foundation) Pedagogy in Action documents more than 25 pedagogic techniques for teaching sciences to undergraduates: case-based learning, game-based learning, making and testing conjectures, peer review… (SERC, supported by National Science Foundation) USGS Videos and Animations offers animations and videos for teaching earth science. Topics include earthquakes, earth’s magnetic field, landslides, plate tectonics, tsunamis, urban growth and land use… (U.S. Geological Survey) ChemLinks Coalition offers resources for the first 2 years of college chemistry. Topics include global warming, ozone, fats in our diet, computer chip thermochemistry, making water safe to drink, what’s… (Beloit College, supported by National Science Foundation) National Science Digital Library provides access to resources in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and research. From video clips teaching cell division to simulations demonstrating plate… (National Science Foundation) Land Use History of North America examines how we have used land since the 1700s and how the land has changed. Topics include population settlement and farmland, urban sprawl and soil resources, flora species… (U.S. Geological Survey) Environmental Literacy Council features labs, projects, and activities for studying the air and climate, land, water, ecosystems, energy, food, and environment and society. Learn about the carbon cycle, forests… (Multiple Agencies) Global Warming Facts and Our Future explores the latest scientific information from the National Academy of Sciences. Is our climate warming? Are humans causing it? What might be the effects? What can be done? Learn… (National Academy of Sciences) Digital Library for Earth System Education is a geoscience community resource that supports teaching and learning about the Earth system. Find thousands of reviewed resources on topics that include atmospheric science… (National Science Foundation) BEN: BiosciEdNet provides access to more than 4,000 reviewed resources covering 76 biological science topics: agriculture, anatomy, bacteriology, biochemistry, biodiversity, biotechnology, botany… (American Association for the Advancement of Science, supported by National Science Foundation) Action Bioscience offers scientific articles and lessons. Topics include the value of a garden, plant genebanks, bacteria (friend or foe?), biodiversity, real-life aliens (introduced species), apes… (American Institute of Biological Sciences, supported by National Science Foundation) Chemicals, the Environment, and You provides lessons for learning about the relationship between chemicals in the environment and human health. Topics include the science of toxicology, dose-response relationships… (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, supported by National Institutes of Health) Zoom into Maps offers hundreds of historical maps — maps showing European exploration of the Americas; migration, population, and economic activity; the growth of roads, railways, canals, river… (Library of Congress) NASA Earth Observatory provides new satellite imagery and scientific information about Earth’s climate and environmental change. It features stories about the atmosphere, oceans, land, life, heat and… (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) American Environmental Photographs, 1891-1936 consists of 4,500 photographs of natural environments, ecologies, and plant communities in the United States taken between 1891 and 1936. These photographs show a wide range of… (Library of Congress) Map Collections: 1544-1996 offers thousands of digitized online maps. The collections are broken into seven categories, cities and towns, conservation and environment, discovery and exploration, immigration and… (Library of Congress) Decades of Discovery describes 100 important discoveries in energy sciences, nuclear and plasma physics, advanced computing research, and biological and environmental research. Topics include the world’s… (Department of Energy) Global Warming — Visitor Center features materials teachers can use in presentations and classroom activities on climate change science. A kids’ site includes animations of global warming and earth processes (for… (Environmental Protection Agency) Windows to the Universe explores the Earth, planets of our solar system, and the universe. It includes images, animations, and data sets, and information about books, movies, scientists, and myths… (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) GLOBE — Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment is a worldwide network of students, teachers, and scientists working together to study and understand the global environment. Students and teachers from more than 9,500 schools in over… (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) RiverWeb: Mississippi River Basin History and Culture seeks to harness computing and communications technologies to construct interdisciplinary, digital knowledge networks for the Mississippi River Basin and other major river systems. Its… (University of Illinois, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities) Ocean Planet features a Smithsonian exhibit on the world’s oceans. Visitors can see an overview of the exhibition, find lessons and marine science activities, and read a final report documenting… (National Museum of Natural History, supported by Smithsonian Institution) Exploring the Environment features 25 online modules that put students in problem-based learning scenarios. In one module, students predict the impact of increased carbon dioxide on the wheat yield in Kansas… (Center for Educational Technologies, supported by National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Earth and Environmental Science: Research Overview examines questions that scientists are pursuing: What part do we play in earth’s changing climate? What can rock layers tell us about earth’s history? How can we understand the forces… (National Science Foundation) The Influences of Art on Yellowstone features paintings, photos, and drawings, many of which contributed to the creation of the nation’s first national park. The waterfalls, geysers, rock formations, and vistas in these… (National Park Service) Learning Landscapes offers lessons on deserts, ecosystems, riparian zones, invasive plants, wild horses, groundwater, soil composition, hydroelectric power, renewable energy, water conservation techniques… (Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior) Hands on the Land Teaching Materials provides lessons for learning about the Everglades ecosystem, bat habitats, bull trout, rock classification, eagles, invasive species, forest carnivores, forest rebirth, North Cascades… (Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior) ToxMystery features an animated game that helps elementary students learn about common household hazards. Students enter a house and go room to room, mousing over items, clicking on those that… (National Library of Medicine) Environmental Health Perspectives is a monthly journal of peer-reviewed research and news on the impact of the environment on human health. Learn about dengue, modifiers of health effects of air pollution, World Trade… (Environmental Health Perspectives, supported by National Institutes of Health) The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920 documents the movement to conserve and protect America’s natural heritage. The site features books, pamphlets, government documents, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and motion… (Library of Congress) Sustainable Development Education provides models, curricula, and professional development materials for learning about managing trade-offs between resource use and quality of life. Software is offered to help clarify… (Concord Consortium, supported by Department of Education) Online Center for Global Geography Education has ten teaching modules on the human dimensions of global change. Examples are “Living in the Biosphere,” “The Geography of Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” and “Global Change and… (National Science Foundation) NOAA Education Resources offers materials on weather, oceans and coasts, satellites and space, and long-term climate change. The site also contains a photo library, real time satellite imagery, and a radar… (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Prince William Sound: An Ecosystem in Transition spotlights the ecological issues surrounding the historic 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill and the subsequent recovery operation… (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Ocean and Coastal Response and Restoration allows students to learn about oil spills and hazardous chemical accidents through experiments that can be done at home, in the classroom, or for a science project… (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) U.S. Global Change Data and Information System maintains global change information from several federal agencies and offers a question answering service, “Ask Dr. Global Change.”… (Multiple Agencies) Environmental Health Science Education aims to increase student interest and preparation in the environmental health sciences so that they are aware of science career opportunities, and to increase public awareness about… (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, supported by National Institutes of Health) Watershed Ecology introduces basic watershed ecology concepts. It examines the physical forces that shape watershed ecosystems, plants and animals that inhabit them, typical watershed structures, and… (Environmental Protection Agency) Polluted Runoff provides lessons and activities for studying how runoff affects streams, how to analyze what’s upstream and downstream from your community (watersheds), and how families can reduce… (Environmental Protection Agency) High School Environmental Center is a portal to environmental resources. It organizes sites by topics: air pollution, climate change, global warming; conservation of energy, soil, and water; coral reefs, forests… (Environmental Protection Agency) Wildlife Management Activity Guide for Teachers presents learning activities developed by teachers to help high school students learn about wildlife management on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan… (National Park Service) Ask Dr. Global Change offers a searchable collection of answers to questions about global warming, ozone depletion, greenhouse gases, and other issues related to climate change. Students can also submit… (Columbia University, supported by U.S. Global Change Research Program) The Everglades Ecosystem: Everglades National Park looks at the habitats, animals and endangered species of the Everglades, as well as water management (“the critical issue for the Everglades”). It also examines threats to what remains… (National Park Service) Everglades Educational Resources provides classroom activities, resources for teachers, a list of current articles, links to recommended readings, and field guides about Everglades National Park. It also tells how to… (National Park Service) EPA: Students and Teachers presents teaching and learning resources from the Environmental Protection Agency. The site links to the Environmental Education Center (for teachers), EPA Student Center (for middle… (Environmental Protection Agency) Superfund for Students and Teachers contains information about Superfund and hazardous waste for junior high, high school, and college students, and teachers of all grade levels. The site includes classroom activities… (Environmental Protection Agency) Environmental Education contains environmental science resources and is oriented to teachers searching for classroom projects… (Environmental Protection Agency) Hands-on Experiments To Test for Acid Mine Drainage invites students to learn about the effects of acid mine drainage on our groundwater and environment through experimentation and observation. The website explains how to make litmus… (U.S. Geological Survey) Environmental Explorers’ Club is a place where kids can learn about the environment and the Environmental Protection Agency. It features plants and animals, air, water, people and the environment, recycling, and a… (Environmental Protection Agency) Recycle City shows how people are recycling and reusing products across this fictional city. Click on a map to see how the warehouse, landfill, theatre, cafe, service station, supermarket, factory… (Environmental Protection Agency) Drinking Water; Kids’ Stuff teaches kids about the importance of safe drinking water through teaching and learning resources such as an activity on how to build your own aquifer, experiments on the water… (Environmental Protection Agency) EPA Student Center contains dozens of environmental science resources for students as well as online reference materials… (Environmental Protection Agency) Advanced Technology Environmental Education Center provides information on careers, training, and professional development; environmental programs in high schools and colleges; curricula for high school and associate degree programs… (ATEEC, supported by National Science Foundation) NSF Science and Technology Center for Environmentally Responsible Solvents and Processes provides activities for exploring carbon dioxide and polymers. Learn how much carbon dioxide is in a soda. Make carbon dioxide and observe its effects. Create silly putty and… (National Science Foundation) Superfund for Kids introduces children ages 3 and up to the basic concepts of the Superfund program. There are activities, stories, and homework help designed for different age groups… (Environmental Protection Agency) EnviroMapper Storefront lets kids create their own maps, down to the square mile, anywhere in America, choosing various features — from water discharges to hazardous waste to roads. The site contains reports… (Environmental Protection Agency) Calling All Students: Facts About Toxic Substances and the Environment provides information on toxic substances that may be found in our homes, schools, and neighborhoods. It provides links for kids, parents, and teachers to other government websites… (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) The Conservation Movement at a Crossroads: the Hetch Hetchy Controversy is a two-part teaching unit about the controversy among conservationists over a proposal to turn part of Yosemite National Park into a dam to furnish water to San Francisco. The first… (Library of Congress) EPA: Wastes is a place where students and teachers can order educational materials, activity books and games that help raise awareness about solid waste issues, learn how to gain hands-on… (Environmental Protection Agency) Environmental Education offers activities for elementary students and families visiting Lake Mead National Recreation Area to learn about desert plants, animals, food chains, and “communities” in the Mojave… (National Park Service) Fire Management, Everglades National Park describes how fire is used to maintain the biological diversity and natural processes of the pineland, prairie, and other ecosystems of the Everglades that are shaped by the… (National Park Service)

April 22, 2009

No Idling Campaign | Healthier Schools | Earth Day Network

Credit Source:  No Idling Campaign | Healthier Schools | Earth Day Network.

No Idling Campaign Materials and Resources
Download here for FREE!

No Idling District Toolkit – This toolkit contains information and resources for School District administrators to implement a No Idling Campaign in your district.

No Idling School Toolkit – This toolkit contains information and resources for teachers or parents to implement a No Idling Campaign at your school.

No Idling Data Collection Sheet This spreadsheet contains formulas for your calculations, or it may be printed.

No Idling Lesson Plans – These Lesson Plans can be used in the classroom as a supplement to the No Idling program at your school.

Green Your School Guide | Earth Day Network

Filed under: Earth Day — Tags: , , — Donnette E Davis @ 4:30 am

Launch of the ULTIMATE Green Schools Website

Several years in the making and over 300 pages long, Earth Day Network’s Green Your School website has arrived!!! With this new application, we have taken the expertise and knowledge of hundreds of schools, teachers, students and administrators to provide you with the ways and means to make your education truly sustainable – from floor to roof, playground to school bus. These extensive, new documents provide the background research, teacher lesson plans AND student action plans for dozens of different school greening possibilities. Start the movement at your school today at

This work of several years wouldn’t be possible without your continued support, and we would like to take this opportunity to ask you for a contribution that will allow us to keep providing educators with the quality resources to help green America’s schools within a generation.

Your support will:

  • Safeguard children’s health and reduce energy consumption at K-12 schools with our Green Schools and Green reModel programs.
  • Protect life around the globe by elevating the collective voices of individuals, communities, and local governments to push for action on Climate Change now.
  • Reduce global warming pollution by promoting the use of green technologies to improve transportation options, create energy efficient buildings, and home appliances.

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