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International Youth Day: 21 Young People are Fighting Climate Change

We are increasingly seeing the impacts of climate change around the world: rising sea levels, more severe weather events, prolonged droughts, and the destruction of marine ecosystems. As our planet warms, the limited resources we share become even more limited, and this can have devastating consequences on a human level. For example, a recent study estimates that 2 billion people may be displaced from their homes by rising sea levels by 2100.

International Youth Day in Action

Teaching Game Theory and the Tragedy of the Commons in Middle School

Game theory is the study of human cooperation and conflict in competitive situations. A lot of people may be intimidated by the topic of game theory, because it sounds complex.  But game theory can be understood in very simple terms, and it can be a powerful teaching tool for students working to understand world history, modern political interactions, and environmental science. Simply put, game theory assumes that the players act rationally—that they will try to make the best decision to obtain their own best possible outcome—and then examines how different situations play out.

Population and the Power of Parks: Geography Awareness Week 2016

America’s parks are considered one of our country’s national treasures so it’s a fitting tribute that the theme of this year’s Geography Awareness Week is “Explore the Power of Parks.” And parks are just that – powerful. Parks have the power to bring people together, connect us with nature, and offer peace and beauty for all who visit. But our park lands serve a more utilitarian task as well.

“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.

Integrate math and science with The Pop Ecology Files

The lesson, The Pop Ecology Files, provides a fun way to integrate math and science concepts into middle school classrooms. In Part 1, students examine exponential and arithmetic growth rates, and every-day situations where growth occurs in each. Students calculate the difference between saving money so it will grow arithmetically versus exponentially.

Share My Lesson is helping teach about Gender Equality

Share My Lesson now offers a collection of resources that focus on girls’ education and gender equality. The lesson sharing site asked PopEd for resources that underscore the importance of these topics and others relating to the status of women, and we were happy to oblige. As a content provider for Share My Lesson, we highlighted the following three Population Education lesson plans:

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