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close this bookEnvironmental Education in the Schools (Peace Corps, 1993)
close this folderActivities, activities and more activities
View the document(introduction...)
View the documentUsing the senses
View the documentAdopt-a-tree
View the documentDuplication
View the documentMusic/rap/dance/drama
View the documentGarbage shuffle
View the documentThe rain forest revue
View the documentThe all new water review
View the documentOriginal skit
View the documentBotswana adaptation
View the documentA conservation drama - Trouble in Tikonkowo
View the documentThe awful eight
View the documentRole plays and other simulations
View the documentThe commons dilemma
View the documentKey mangrove: A system in conflict
View the documentChange in a mangrove ecosystem
View the documentKey mangrove: A conflict of interests
View the documentPoints of view
View the documentMining on the moon
View the documentMining on the moon: Part 1
View the documentMining on the moon: Part 2
View the documentThe reading and writing connection
View the documentFolk stories
View the documentSelected quotes
View the documentA heated controversy
View the documentA heated controversy: Part 1
View the documentA heated controversy: Part 2
View the documentAn environmental education tool - The creative journal
View the documentCubatao: New life in the Valley of Death
View the documentA letter from the village health worker - Clean water for elemit
View the documentLife without oil
View the documentPoetry
View the documentAway with waste!
View the documentAway on the bay
View the documentPicture poetry
View the documentShades of meaning
View the documentPoetry trail
View the documentPoetry trail activity sheet
View the documentCartoons, fantasy, and creative
View the documentThe rare scare
View the documentCartoons and headlines
View the documentHoley ozone!
View the documentGuided imagery
View the documentFlight of fantasy
View the documentRiparian retreat
View the documentWater wings
View the documentDemonstrations
View the documentOur watery world
View the documentKeep on truckin'
View the documentHow do polyps build reefs?
View the documentInvestigations and experiments
View the documentAcid tests
View the documentAcid demonstrations: Part I
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View the documentAcid test follow-up
View the documentHow can an oil spill be cleaned up?
View the documentThe case for case studies
View the documentAre we creating deserts? - The Sahel famine
View the documentStudent information - Famine in the Sahel: A case study
View the documentDesertification
View the documentSustainable development
View the documentDefining sustainable development: Part 1
View the documentDefining sustainable development: Part 2
View the documentCase study: United States: Part 3
View the documentCase study: Thailand: Part 4
View the documentCase study: Tanzania: Part 5
View the documentMoral dilemmas
View the documentThe flying foxes of Samoa
View the documentHarry Carter's grain company
View the documentScenario: Harry Carter's grain company: Part 1
View the documentScenario: Harry Carter's grain company: Part 2
View the documentScenario: Harry Carter's grain company: Part 3
View the documentHard choices
View the documentStarving nation
View the documentConcept mapping and webbing
View the documentAqua words
View the documentInfusion activity for environmental health
View the documentIssue webbing
View the documentField trips
View the documentAt the dump and postcards from the field
View the documentThe garbage dump field trip worksheet
View the documentSeaside adventure
View the documentDebates
View the documentTough choices
View the documentThe issues
View the documentSurveys
View the documentGlass and metal waste questionnaire
View the documentModel questionnaire
View the documentData summary sheet
View the documentRivers through time
View the documentWhat do people think?
View the documentGames
View the documentPollution bingo
View the documentMammal know-it-all
View the documentMammal questions
View the documentBat and moth
View the documentBranching out: Bat math
View the documentThe urban explosion
View the documentFour urban activities
View the documentVandalism: Disordered communications
View the documentFlooded streets
View the documentGetting outside
View the documentExpanding sensory perception
View the documentWeather scavenger hunt
View the documentInsect bingo
View the documentResearch/guest speakers
View the documentDesert quest
View the documentValues and attitudes
View the documentRare bird eggs for sale
View the documentWhat would you do?
View the documentAgricultural practices (A)
View the documentAgricultural practices (B)
View the documentWhy save rain forests?
View the documentThinking about thinking skills
View the documentThe great swamp debate
View the documentGo with the flow
View the documentDragonfly pond
View the documentCooperative learning activities
View the documentJungle sleuths
View the documentAnswers to scenarios
View the documentSuper-sleuth scenarios: Part 1
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View the documentWe can all be experts
View the documentExpert cards: Part 1
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View the documentRaters of the planet ECO
View the documentLiven up your classroom
View the documentA web on the wall
View the documentBuilding the bulletin board
View the documentMembers of the web
View the documentA look at four food chains
View the documentThe interdisciplinary connection
View the documentPollution pathways
View the documentTracking the radiation (day 2- day 10)
View the documentPollution pathways (A)
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View the documentSizing up reserves
View the documentSizing up reserves (A)
View the documentScience/technology/society
View the documentChallenge technology
View the documentTechnology challenges
View the documentAdditional challenges (developed for the South Pacific)
View the documentThe ''good'' bacteria controversy
View the documentTaking action for the planet

The issues


QUESTION: If given an option, should you choose a paper or plastic bag for your groceries?

pros: made from a renewable resource; biodegradable; recyclable; reusable

cons: most made, at least partially, with virgin fiber instead of recycled paper; timber often grown using chemical fertilizers; paper manufacturing releases toxics and other pollutants into the air and water; bulky; paper takes up more space in landfills than plastic

pros: easier to carry; cheaper to manufacture; leak proof, take up less landfill space; recyclable in some places; some are made with petroleum waste products

cons: can harm wildlife; most recyclable ones are not recycled; bits of plastic can leach into water supplies as degradable plastic breaks down; most plastics are made from a nonrenewable resource; manufacturing releases toxics and pollutants into the air and water


QUESTION: Should people buy cloth diapers or disposable diapers?

pros: often cheaper; reusable; made from renewable resources; biodegradable; human waste treated in sewage treatment plants instead of going into landfills; save landfill space; can prevent rashes in some babies

cons: require energy to manufacture, wash, and deliver, energy-use creates air and water pollution; detergents can create water pollution; cotton often grown using pesticides and chemical fertilizers

pros: convenient; keeps baby's skin drier

cons: human waste can carry disease, creating risk for garbage handlers; made from a nonrenewable resource; non biodegradable; manufacturing creates air and water pollution; take up landfill space; degradable ones can break down into tiny bits of plastic that leach into water supplies.


QUESTION: Should you buy sodas in plastic or glass bottles?

pros: cheap; lightweight; recyclable in some places; inert in landfills

cons: made from a nonrenewable resource; non biodegradable; manufacturing creates air and water pollution; degradables can create water pollution; limited uses for recycled plastic; difficult to sort and recycle; recycled plastic is not as durable as virgin plastic

pros: cheaper and easier to recycle; can be recycled many times without losing strength; made from abundant natural resources

cons: heavy; breakable; non biodegradable; cost more to transport; recycling uses a lot of water and can create water pollution


QUESTION: Which is the better alternative for disposing of the solid waste we don't recycle burning it in incinerators or dumping it in landfills?

pros: greatly reduce the volume of trash; save landfill space; can recover energy and resources; reduce the threat of rat, roach, and other pest infestation

cons: expensive to build and operate; may discourage people from recycling (need a high volume of garbage to operate); create toxic ash that can leach into water supplies when landfilled; people don't want them nearby; require separation of trash into burnables and non-burnables

pros: easy because waste doesn't need to be separated or sorted; generate methane gas, which can be recovered for fuel; can sometimes reuse the site for other purposes

cons: hazardous materials can leach into water supplies; generate methane gas that can cause explosions if not vented; take up valuable land space; buried biodegradable materials don't biodegrade; buried resources are wasted; people don't want them nearby


QUESTION: Should homeowners use chemical lawn service companies or rely on organic lawn care? (Note: Organic lawn care uses no toxic herbicides or pesticides and no chemical fertilizers. People can either take care of their lawns themselves, using organic methods, or hire organic landscaping services.)

pros: effective in short term for controlling pests; provides "manicured" look; easy

cons: expensive; long-term effects not clear; chemicals made from nonrenewable resources; chemicals wash off in rain and pollute water supplies; chemicals can build up in soil; chemicals can poison people, pets, and wildlife; manufacturing and transporting chemicals can create air and water pollution

pros: non toxic; can be less expensive; maintains ecological life-support systems; causes less pollution

cons: can take hard work if professionals not hired; short-term pest control may not be effective