In 2007, a German fourth grader, Felix Finkbeiner prepared for a school presentation on the climate crisis. While researching on the internet, Felix was inspired by the Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai and her “Green Belt Movement” in Africa.
After his presentation, Felix spontaneously said to… Continue reading
This week in Cancún, an alternative conference on climate change and social justice is being convened. The international small farmers movement La ViaCampesina and other grassroots… Continue reading
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For the first time since 1934, Key West has seen an outbreak of dengue fever. With 27 confirmed cases in 2009 and 18 as of July this year, dengue returns… Continue reading | 1 Comment
Narrated by Leo DiCaprio, this clip is based on the book by Thom Hartmann, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: The Fate of the World and What We Can Do Before It’s Too Late.
“Picture this, a blue planet protected by a thin layer of atmosphere that keeps temperature, air and water in perfect balance to maintain life. In the cold
Every young student can tell you what are the biggest theme-park attractions in Orlando. But probably very few can tell you about Big Tree Park, home Florida’s oldest and most distinguished resident, the Senator bald cypress tree. Located in Longwood, FL , the Senator majestically looms high as if… Continue reading | 2 Comments
Your Actions Matter: The Shift From Raising Awareness to Raising Care
Fourteen-year-old J.D. Russo speaks out about plastic in this youtube video. “People need to stop trying to raise awareness and instead raise care. Because saying that raising awareness implies that you are trying to get people to know about something. And people know, its just that people don’t care.”
J.D. continues, “People need to be shown that there… Continue reading
I love Alice Waters‘ book, Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea. Worth noting (below) are the principles of Edible Education that she lays out in the book.
Food is an Academic Subject
A school garden, kitchen, and cafeteria are integral to the core academic mission of the school, so that ecology and gastronomy help… Continue reading | 1 Comment
Connecting Kids With Nature
According to author Richard Louv, the greatest increase in childhood obesity in our history has occurred in the same two decades that the greatest increase in organized sports for children in our history.
“Pediatricians are now saying that this generation of children may be the first to have a lower life expectancy than their parents and its because of this sedentary lifestyle.”
Backyard Solar Cone
We’ve talked about worm composting as a way to recycle food waste. But worms don’t eat everything and if you do a lot of cooking, worms probably won’t keep up with all your waste.
In my yard, I also use the Green Cone System as an additional way… Continue reading | 2 Comments
Chemicals are toxic and abound everywhere. People apply pesticides and herbicides often without thinking about the consequences. The purpose of your organic edible schoolyard garden is to connect students with both nature and their food supply. It is also a place for thoughtful contemplation for the students. Commit to using natural means to control pests.
Most insects in your garden are beneficial, so you want to isolate the unwanted… Continue reading