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Green Teacher 57, Winter 1998-1999


The Keepers of the Key by Skid Crease
As we enter the 21st century, awareness of the global interconnectedness of issues of water, food, heath, education and wealth is broadening the scope of development education.

On Global Citizenship by Sandy Okenden
In a world of economic globalization and increasing interdependence, one of our tasks as educators is to help students understand their rights and responsibilities as global citizens.

Losing Ground: The race against desertification by Friederike Knabe
According to the United Nations, approximately 70% of the drylands used for agriculture around the world are already degraded, threatening the livelihood of the 900 million people who live in these areas. This article provides inspiration and ideas for teaching about this important subject.

Our Water Plane: North to South by Madeline Lunney
The availability of clean, fresh water can determine the health of a people and the development of an entire region, and ours is a planet of water “haves” and “have-nots”. Studying global water issues can give students a good basis for studies of environmental and health issues, global justice issues, as well as insight into the complex interaction of climate, topography, geography, population and access to resources. This article outlines some of the water-related issues that affect developing countries and offers some learning activities that explore some of these issues.

Snapshots of International Development by Tim Grant
Getting involved with international development projects is a wonderful way for teachers to enrich students’ learning about and encouraging partnerships with people in developing countries.

A week-long focus on development by Stuart Miller and Judy Ross
Organizing a schoolwide Development Week for secondary students.

Development Days by Alison Flensburg
How to organize development theme days at your elementary school.

Field Trips with Soul by Rosemary Ganley
Global studies through immersion travel. Rosemary Ganley leads students groups and teachers on an annual “field trip with soul” to Jamaica, which offers first-hand exposure to a developing country, and broadens students’ understanding of their place in the global community.

NGOs: Allies in Development Education by Doug Blackburn
Behind those strange acronyms are people with goals similar to yours.

A look at recent environmental education endeavours in three countries:
• A National EE Action Plan in Jamaica by Charlene Easton and Marceline Collins-Figueroa
EE programs in Jamaica
• Environmental education in El Salvador by Tim Grant
With the civil war behind them, Salvadorans are taking aim at environmental problems.
• Environmental education in Gambia by Ann Muecke
Training young people for environmental leadership is a matter of survival in West Africa.

Planet Earth Pages: International Development by David Ferns, Brenda Frisk, Alanda Greene, Joanne Harris and Sharon Strong
K-12 activities that raise awareness of other people and places, with a focus on issues related to development.

Inside the Internet: Doing a Number on Data by Richard Kool
Richard Kool examines the larger on-line datasets that greatly help educators conduct research on environmental issues. Contains listings of three useful web sites.

And as always, over 20 new educational resources are profiled and evaluated in this issue of Green Teacher.

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