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Here we have suggestions for books and videos that may be useful in teaching Environmental Education in the classroom. Watch for the addition of more resources.

Books

Weird Weather - Everything you didn't want to know about Climate Change but probably should find out
Author: Kate Evans
Publisher: Groundwood Books(2007)
ISBN :978-0-88899-841-5
The story of climate change is told in the form of a graphic novel (comic). The book takes the form of a discussion among an idealistic teenager asking questions, a goofy scientist giving answers, and a fat cat, businessman nay-sayer who is depicted in the first few pages as holding his ears saying “La la la la I’m not listening!” while scientists and world leaders declare that global climate change is, indeed, a problem that must be dealt with.

The Teen Guide to Global Action - How to Connect with Others (Near & Far) to Create Social Change
Author: Barbara A Lewis
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing (2008)
ISBN :978-1-57542-266-4
Who says you have to wait to Change the World? Read stories of change-makers while getting practical tools to use to get involved. Covers many areas from Hunger and Homeless to Environment and Education to Youth Representation.

Our Ecological Footprint - Reducing human impact on the Earth
Author: Mathis Wackernagel & William Rees
Publisher: New Society Publishers (1996)
ISBN :1-55092-251-3
The original book on ecological footprints cuts through talk about sustainability and introduces a way to determine humanity's impact on the Earth.

The Sustainability Revolution - Portrait of a Paradigm Shift
Author: Andres R Edwards
Publisher: New Society Publishers (2005)
ISBN 13: 978-0-86571-531-8
Sustainability has become a buzzword in the last decade, but its full meaning is complex, emerging from a range of different sectors. The Sustainability Revolution is examined from the point of view of 5 major sectors in society, concluding that the values emerging define a major paradigm shift.

We are the Weather Makers
Author: Tim Flannery
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (2006)
ISBN :978-0002008495
This is a new, more accessible version of The Weather Makers for younger readers. They are the ones who are going to feel the biggest impact from climate change, so Flannery wrote a book that was more readily understandable for people without much scientific background, The new book has opened up the issue to new generations and has also given Dr Flannery the chance to update some figures.

Stop Global Warming: The Solution is You!
Laurie David's new book explains how global warming is already impacting everyone's way of life, and how to become part of the solution.
Stop Global Warming turns headlines into action, providing testimony of leading environmental activist Laurie David's own grassroots efforts to sound the alarm for the American people and showing how and why others (particularly young people) must get involved in this most pressing issue.

Green Chemistry Educational Resources
American Chemical Society
Order through ACS Link to other publications
ACS aims to increase awareness and understanding of Green Chemistry principles, alternatives, practices, and benefits within traditional educational institutions with resources like:

Introduction to Green Chemistry: Use green chemistry concepts to illustrate or enrich the presentation of introductory chemistry topics! This 68-page book provides supplemental materials that are designed to relate green chemistry to standard topics in the chemistry curriculum. Each chapter provides background information, activities, and resource materials. Instructional notes highlight the links between green chemistry and the curriculum. A CD-ROM contains .pdf files of the activities and an introductory PowerPoint presentation.

Environmental Science Activities Kit : Ready-To-Use Lessons, Labs, and Worksheets for Grades 7-12
Author: Michael L. Roa
Publisher: Jossey-Bass ( 2002)
ISBN: 0787967009
There are 32 detailed, interdisciplinary environmental science lessons covering 6 topics (Land Use, Wildlife, Water, Atmosphere, Energy and Human Issues). Each lesson plan has directions for use, summary, introduction, materials needed, preparation, step-by-step teaching directions and reproducible worksheets and background sheets.

Taking Sides: Environmental Issues (Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Environmental Issues)
Author:Thomas Easton
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin; 11 edition (2004)
ISBN: 0073051403
Pro and Con arguments of leading environmentalists, scientists, and policymakers on environmental issues reflect a variety of viewpoints.

 

Videos

Films Media Group – Films for the Humanities and Sciences
This is a listing of films available in many formats on a wide range of topics. Examples include:

Environmental Issues and Human Impact
This video looks at urgent environmental concerns facing planet Earth and what people can do to repair the degradation humans have caused. The key message? Individuals can make a difference.

Green Building & Design
The history of Western architecture can be viewed as a battle—namely, humanity vs. nature. But the green revolution has prompted new forms of building design that welcome in the natural world. This program surveys some of those advances and the architectural pioneers who create and implement them.

Amazonia
This films looks at the importance of the Amazon River, the river basin, jungle and the life within to the rest of the world.

Alternative Power Sources and Renewable Energy
This film looks at the different power generation technologies that are emerging and how they address the need to reduce air pollution and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Global warning is discussed in relation to wind turbines, hybrid cars, clean coal technologies.

Nature's Cleaners: Balancing the Biosphere
The most basic law of the biosphere is waste matter must be recycled into fresh building blocks if life is to continually renew itself. 10-minute segments feature close-up photography of carrion beetles reducing a rat carcass, pill bugs and worms turning leaves into humus, dung beetles dealing with animal droppings, microorganisms decontaminating sewage at a wastewater treatment plant, and bacteria devouring industrial pollutants. Viewed together, these five very visual episodes underscore the interconnectedness of all living things.


MAGAZINES

Canadian Journal of Environmental Education
Referred journal with articles researchers, teachers, scholars and post-secondary students, published once a year.

EnviroZine – Environment Canada’s On-line Magazine
This on-line magazine touches on hot topics, Youth Pages, games with facts. They keep a directory of past issues with respect to youth, lots of links to youth orientated web sites.


 

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