Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has sounded the call to action, challenging readers to join the
National Geographic Society's million-kid movement by pledging online to become a
Working environmental themes into lesson plans doesn’t have to be awkward or time-consuming.
Planet Pals offers all-level lesson information, tips on how to deal with controversial issues, useful reading and innovative school projects.
Planet Pals also offers an exhaustive book list on issues from global warming to recycling to animal welfare. There’s also an extensive section on eco-projects students around the world are doing.
Classes at Brooklyn Elementary in Baker City, Oregon are comparing pollution in two nearby rivers. Students at Northland High School in Remer, Minn. are working to diversify the local bird population. Seventh graders at Monterey Highlands School in Monterey Park, Calif. are tracking earthquakes and global warming. There is a section with ideas for projects at your school.
Planet Pals also offers information on the planet, food chain, planet sizes, Earth Day, recycling and weather abounds on the site.
A monthly e-newsletter keeps you up-to-date on educational issues and offers
tips on how to work important environmental concerns into your ever-shrinking
LESSON PLANS K-12:
Care for Kids:
Protect Them From Pesticides!
Actress Jane Seymour leads a new campaign called Care for Kids to alert parents to pesticide dangers.
Concerned that pesticides condemned by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can still be sold on the market (one isn't fully phased out until 2004!), the group is trying to reach parents so they can protect their kids. The pesticides are organophosphates, which include Chlorpyrifos and Diazinon. 50 others are under EPA review.
A Care for Kids brochure will be distributed through the YWCA’s of the City of New York, its national childcare network (serving 2.5 million children), and
its website. The brochure focuses on "The Three E's of Pesticide Safety--Educate, Evaluate and Eliminate." Educate yourself about potential pesticide threats to children. Evaluate your home, school or child care center. Eliminate dangerous pesticides from your child's environment and replace them with safer alternatives.
Care for Kids is funded by donations from Bioganic Safety Brands, Inc., a manufacturer of pesticides made with select plant oils for use in the home, lawn and garden. They are also experts in the field of Integrated Pest Management.
The staff at Red
urge you to use caution when searching for educational
links. Many web sites appear to be environmentally related,
when in fact they are backed by chemical giants, or logging
companies with their own agenda.
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and well add it to our directory!