Under the Surface: Lessons to teach about water resources and SDG 6

Thirsty for more SDG lesson plans as summer fast approaches? This blog post will focus on Sustainable Development Goal 6, and two lessons that address water use and management in the face of our growing population.

SDG 6 states that all participating nations will ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Today’s lessons Water, Water Everywhere, and Who Polluted the Potomac? spotlight water availability and use on our blue planet. Read on for more information!

Pop Quiz: Japan

Did you know that Japan has one of the longest life expectancies in the world? Or, that it has one of the lowest fertility rates? Japan’s elderly population is growing quickly and its residents are having fewer and fewer children. As a result Japan is experiencing a shrinking workforce and a shrinking population. Take our Japan population quiz to learn more!

1. In 2015 Japan’s population was 126 million. What is Japan’s population projected to be in 2050?

A. 78 million
B. 97 million
C. 150 million
D. 200 million

Book Review: “Global Weirdness: Severe Storms, Deadly Heat Waves, Relentless Drought, Rising Seas, and the Weather of the Future”

Cover photo of the book Global Weirdness

There’s a lot of information out there on climate change and global warming, which is great, but sometimes it can be overwhelming especially if you just want to get a general layout of the issues.

Education for All: Lessons to teach SDG 4 and SDG 5

Today’s post responds to Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 5, which we decided to tackle together, since gender and educational opportunities are so deeply intertwined, especially when it comes to limitations to access for girls worldwide. These SDGs state that cooperating countries will work to:
SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

New Census Report Examines “An Aging World”

We’re not getting any younger, you know. Humanity, that is. According to a sweeping new report from the U.S. Census Bureau, people 65 and older will soon outnumber children under 5 for the first in human history. The proportion of global senior citizens, now at 8.5 percent, will double to 16.7 percent by 2050 and continue to grow for the foreseeable future. At the same time, the proportion of young children will decrease to just 7.2 percent of the world population.

“Be the Change” – JMU Students Support Girls' Education

Education is the first step in empowering women and breaking the cycle of poverty. History has proven that when women and girls are educated, they get married later, have smaller healthier families, and have more opportunities in the workforce. However in many places, social, economic, and cultural barriers still stand in the way of women receiving the education they deserve. Of the nearly 1 billion adults who cannot read, about 70 percent are female. In Sub-Saharan Africa, boys are 1.5 times more likely to complete secondary education than girls.