Many students have a favorite animal – dogs, pandas, dolphins – the list goes on and on. They like to learn about these animals through stories, pictures, crafts, and discovery projects. While their sense of wonderment is high – the excitement of discovering a new lizard in the backyard or the amazing feeling when a bald eagle circles overhead – this can also be a great time to teach young people about having respect for other living things.
If you haven’t already done so, check out the winners of the 2013-2014 World of 7 Billion student video contest, where high school students were tasked with illustrating the connection between population growth and global challenges. This week we are featuring the winners of the Global Poverty category as part of our “People’s Choice” awards and asking viewers to vote on their favorite.
What’s the worst nightmare of fundamentalist extremists? For militant groups like Boko Haram or the Afghan Taliban, it isn’t missile-firing drones but educated girls. In his Mother’s Day column last week, “What’s So Scary About Smart Girls?” New York Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof eloquently explained the power of educating girls. For one thing, it brings down birth rates, diffusing the “youth bulge” which so often leads to high unemployment and civil strife.
The results are in and we’ve announced the winners of the 2013-2014 World of 7 Billion student video contest. In the contest, students were challenged to illustrate the connection between population and one of three global challenges. One of the three topics was Water Sustainability and five student filmmakers were awarded prizes for their ability to show the link between population growth and water sustainability.
The new National Climate Assessment released by the government this week makes it clear – the effects of climate change are already being felt in every region of the United States and this is just the beginning. From more severe storms in the eastern U.S. to more drought and wildfires in the Southwest, we are already reaping what we’ve sown with unabated carbon and methane emissions. The Assessment, which brought together hundreds of experts, is more than just a static report.
Zero population growth (ZPG) is a basic demographic term that is important for students to understand during a population unit. Fortunately, the term’s definition is not too far off from its name!
Today was when the White House announced the estimated GDP for the first quarter of the year. While GDP (Gross Domestic Product) is still the fundamental measure for economic growth here and around the world, many question whether it’s an adequate measure of well-being and prosperity, especially since it doesn’t take into account the health of people and the environment. The PBS Newshour explored this topic in Monday night’s broadcast.
Arbor Day is a holiday to encourage the planting of public trees. It originated in Nebraska in 1872, and today, every state and many other countries around the world have their own Arbor Day celebrations. While everyone loves some shade and a greener city, what’s really so important about trees?
“When we think about threats to the environment, we tend to picture cars and smokestacks, not dinner. But the truth is, our need for food poses one of the biggest dangers to the planet.”
E - Everyone can get involved! The more people that take action to help our environment, the better the result. Just imagine the effect of all 7 billion of us doing 1 small thing.
A - Awareness is important when it comes to the health of our environment.