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Education & Sustainability

Education and sustainability.This page displays a collection of online videos about environmental education. Education and sustainability involves greening the school curriculum as well as greening school facilities and operations.

It is important that school curriculums incorporate environmental literacy and sustainability comprehensively in all relevant textbooks, courses, supplementary educational materials, school-wide programs, and assemblies. Sustainable education also requires improvements to existing school facilities and campuses, implementation of green purchasing and transportation, green building for new development, and resource efficient operational practices. Greening education also includes informal educational environments involving parents, the general public, and marketers.

"" The World Becomes What You Teach. TEDxDirigo presentation by Zoe Weil. Weil explains how and why change in our approach to schooling is the key to solving the world’s most pressing problems. She is the co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education and is considered a pioneer in the comprehensive humane education movement. The Institute provides people with the knowledge, tools, and motivation to be conscientious choicemakers and engaged changemakers for a better world. About 17 minutes. Play Video >>

"" On Children and Nature. TEDx Presentation by Cheryl Charles. Advocates bringing children in direct contact with nature to improve creativity, academic performance and self-esteem while fostering a greater love for the Earth. About 18 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Advancing Sustainability Education at Institutions of Higher Learning. Presentation by Debra Rowe. Rowe, President of U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development, describes the current national and international trends in sustainability in higher education, K-12 and workforce development. Available resources to help participants further catalyze sustainability efforts are also presented. About 45 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Vote Frog. Story about Art for the Sky project by Daniel Dancer. Working with schools, Dancer creates an aerial art project entitled 'Vote Frog' to encourage awareness of environmental issues and participation in the political process. About 3 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Selflessness Is Profitable. Presentation excerpt by Josh Tetrick. A graduation keynote address that encourages students to develop a powerful vision for their lives - helping them gain clarity about what they want to study in college and ultimately create with their lives. Tetrick talks about the great social and environmental needs that exist in the world - poverty, hunger, climate change, species extinction, and more. He encourages the students to take advantage of the great career opportunities that relate to solving these problems and in the process find fulfillment, make a living, and ultimately thrive. About 10 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Oceans, Animals & Environmental Education. Presentation excerpt by Michael Klubock. In this video, Klubock engages school children on environmental issues related to water resources (beaches, oceans, rivers, lakes, sea life, etc.). He explains how to protect wildlife and be good stewards of the environment. About 2 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Engaging Children In Climate Change. Online interview with Sharon Abreu and Michael Hurwicz. Singers, songwriters, and environmental educators Sharon Abreu and Michael Hurwicz discuss their work engaging children in climate change through educational entertainment. They also share some eco-songs. About 28 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Is Environmental Education Important? In this video, Fern Avery explains the importance of educating elementary school children about environmental issues. Education can help kids take an active role in saving our planet by adopting behaviors that conserve natural resources, reduce waste, and minimize pollution. One environmental education program that includes hands on activities, stories, and demonstrations is discussed. About 1 minute. Play Video >>

"" Environmental Education & Kids Clubs. Debbie Noah provides some simple suggestions for how to get your kids engaged in environmental activities. She recommends looking for a local environmental education club and provides some environmental children's book titles. Environmental issues also provide opportunities for children to learn how to be leaders. About 2 minutes. Play Video >>