Winners of the World of 7 Billion international student video contest announced!

Eighteen middle and high school students have taken a top spot in the 2016-2017 “World of 7 Billion” contest for their videos about the effect of population growth on ocean health, climate change, or rapid urbanization. The student winners were announced May 10th – check out their winning videos and learn more about them on the winners page now!

Why You Should Be Scared to Death of Air Pollution

Part One of our “Benefits of Urban Gardening” Series

Air. We need it to breathe.

This is a painfully obvious observation; yet, due to the alarming decline in the quality of our air due to human activity and the fact that  about 5.5 million deaths are attributed to the increase in air pollutants, it is necessary to iterate this obvious statement all the more in our current situation.

Air Pollution: A Detriment

Pop Quiz: Mexico

Mexico, our neighbor to the south, is one of the most populous countries in the world. And, did you know it was once home to one of the earliest great civilizations of Mesoamerica, the Olmecs? Take our Mexico population quiz to learn more!

1. In 2016 Mexico’s population was 129 million. What is Mexico’s population projected to be in 2050?

Link between pollution and child mortality, WHO reports

We’ve been told that air pollution, smog, and climate change present major health risks, but do we really know the true human cost? The recent Washington Post article, “Exposure to pollution kills millions of children, WHO reports find,” summarizes two new World Health Organization (WHO) reports that lay out the devastating effect of human-caused pollution on children’s health.

5 Climate Activities for Earth Day 2017

Just because there are vocal climate change deniers (even leading top government agencies) that doesn’t make climate science debatable. More than 9 in 10 climate scientists are adamant about the facts. Climate change is real. This climate change is largely a result of human numbers and actions. If we don’t do something to lessen greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, our planet will become less and less habitable for many species, including ours.

Lessons from the Chesapeake

Whenever I facilitate teacher workshops close to home, conversation often turns to the Chesapeake Bay. It’s not only our local estuary here in the DC area, but also the largest estuary in the country, fed by 50 rivers and streams in six states and home to 18 million people. Beloved by boaters, fishermen, nature and seafood enthusiasts, the Chesapeake has also taught us about the effects of pollution on a vital watershed.

East Los High: More than TV Drama

What happens when health workers and social scientists team up with creatives? Quality TV is what happens.

There has always been conversation about the high rates of teen pregnancies in black and Latino households. And although we are seeing a steady decline in the rates at which all teen populations in the US have unwanted pregnancies, these rates still remain highest among Latino youth.