Why Teach Sustainability?
The “why” of sustainability requires asking students questions that are future-oriented. As a result, teaching sustainability in schools raises climate change awareness and illustrates to students how they play a significant role in the solution of this problem.
Resources Developed by the Center for Global Studies
Climate Change and Global Warming Information Sites
- NASA: Global Climate Change includes vital signs of the planet, the latest articles on climate change and interviews with experts on the topic.
- Global Issues: Climate Change and Global Warming explains why climate change is a global issue, its consequences, and how it is portrayed in the media.
- United States Environmental Protection Agency: Climate Change provides an overall explanation of what climate change is and how humans are contributing to its creation. The site also explains what we can do to make a difference and provides a “household carbon footprint calculator“.
Resources for Educators Teaching Sustainability
- The Field Guide to Teaching Sustainability, developed by Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, offers resources to integrate sustainability into courses.
- EcoWatch: How to Teach Kids About Sustainability
- PBS Frontline Special: “Hot Politics: Examining the politics behind the U.S. government’s failure to act on the biggest environmental problem of our time” for Grades 9-12.
- Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Futureis a UNESCO program for the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. It provides professional development for student teachers, teachers, curriculum developers, education policy makers, and authors of educational materials. There are four themes covered in this program: CURRICULUM RATIONALE, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ACROSS THE CURRICULUM, CONTEMPORARY ISSUES, TEACHING & LEARNING STRATEGIES.
- Teaching Sustainability (Vanderbilt University)offers tips for teaching sustainability in the classroom and during field trips. The website also provides suggestions on how to make classrooms interdisciplinary and why this is a good approach when teaching this subject. Several ecological footprint calculators are provided; an explanation is provided on how to incorporate these during sustainability lessons.
- Sustainability and Kids in the Classroom provides a listing from several resources for educators that range from lesson plans divided by grades and ideas for making a lesson plan “greener” to environmental service projects and calendars of training events.
Ecological Footprint Calculators
- Chuck Wright’s Carbon Calculator
- The Nature Conservancy