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Green Ninja: Footprint Renovation

"While a man sleeps, his feet grow to a gigantic size due to the carbon footprint of his home. The Green Ninja - a climate action superhero, is called in to help." 

 

Featured on The Guardian Post Blog:
Could the Green Ninja become the New Captain Planet? http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2013/jan/22/green-ninja-new-captain-planet

  

and on GOOD: "Meet Green Ninja: A Smokey The Bear for Climate Change" http://www.good.is/posts/green-ninja-a-smokey-the-bear-for-climate-change/

 

http://www.greenninja.org   


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Emma Lacey's curator insight, March 12, 2014 3:26 AM

This is a great clip exploring ways that carbon foot print can be reduced around the house.  

The simple cartoon would be appropriate for grades 2-4. While the clip is simple and relatively short, technology has been used effectively and as a result it is engaging and provides the information in a way which students find enjoyable.

The clip also highlights different forms of technology, such as energy saving light bulbs and water saving filters, which has helped with sustainability. Class discussions and further research can provide a deeper understanding of these and other technologies.  

The clip can be used in various ways in the classroom; for younger students the information may be substantial to form lessons off, while older grades may use it as a foundation on which deeper understanding can be developed.

The Australian Curriculum has embedded sustainability throughout its content descriptors and its rationale, exploring how technology can impact this.    

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Food: Too Good To Waste | Zero Waste Palo Alto

Food: Too Good To Waste | Zero Waste Palo Alto | Climate Science and Action for Sustainability | Scoop.it

"Zero Waste Palo Alto’s mission is to help the community reach its Zero Waste goal of virtually eliminating waste being burned or buried. Zero Waste goes beyond recycling – it’s a systems approach that first seeks to eliminate waste wherever possible, and then manages discards through reuse and recycling.

Zero Waste: 

* Recognizes that "waste" is not inevitableRecognizes that discarded materials are valuable resources
* Goes beyond "end of pipe" strategiesMaximizes recycling and composting
* Improves consumptionDesigns "waste" out of the system
* Requires participation by the whole community

 

Attempting to eliminate waste is an ambitious goal, but there are actions everyone in the community can take to help achieve Zero Waste. Take a look around our site and learn the various ways you can make Zero Waste a reality. We have a variety of resources to help you get started!" 
http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/pwd/zerowaste/default.asp
 

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Sustainability explained through animation

Watch this short animated movie explaining sustainability created for RealEyes by Igloo Animations...

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Creative Change Education Solutions

Creative Change Education Solutions | Climate Science and Action for Sustainability | Scoop.it

"Creative Change Educational Solutions provides integrated curriculum for a sustainable future."
Check out the webpage and resources at: www.creativechange.net  


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PaperKarma | Control Your Mailbox, Stop Paper Junk Mail - Using Your Phone!

PaperKarma | Control Your Mailbox, Stop Paper Junk Mail - Using Your Phone! | Climate Science and Action for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Eliminate paper junkmail with your smartphone! Control your mailbox, cut paper waste, and save the Earth.

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Global water and air volume

Global water and air volume | Climate Science and Action for Sustainability | Scoop.it

"Global water and air volume. Conceptual computer artwork of the total volume of water on Earth (left) and of air in the Earth's atmosphere (right) shown as spheres (blue and pink). The spheres show how finite water and air supplies are." Credit: Adam Nieman/Science Photo Library. 


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Five Ways to Develop “Ecoliteracy”

Five Ways to Develop “Ecoliteracy” | Climate Science and Action for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Daniel Goleman, Lisa Bennett, and Zenobia Barlow explain how we can teach kids to care deeply about the environment.

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Tamyka Mills's curator insight, March 11, 2014 9:11 PM

One of the best ways to engage students is to immerse them in scenarios and situations where they are met with a dilemma that occurs in everyday lives around the world. A teacher (Joan Wright-Albertini) of a first grade class does just this. This classroom activity is a great way to allow students curiosity to run wild, develop a sense of responsibility and care for the environment as well as learning about sustainability through real life situations. This website gives teachers a great idea on how to teach students about sustainability in a way that appeals to them, involves them and teaches them about sustainability. The activity is delivered in a way that is appropriate to the age group and includes the children in the learning process. 

 

This article/report aligns with the Australian Curriculum: Sustainability for first grade students as the students are learning about "Actions for a more sustainable future reflect values of care, respect and responsibility, and require us to explore and understand environments".

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/CrossCurriculumPriorities/Sustainability

 

The article/report also aligns with the digital technologies of the Australian Curriculum: Technology for Foundation to Year 2 students where students "Consider sustainability to meet personal and local community needs (ACTDEK001)". 

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10?y=F-2&y=3-4&y=5-6&y=7-8&y=9-10&s=DEPPS&s=DEKU&p=3&layout=1

Peter Albion's comment, March 30, 2014 9:50 AM
First link is broken. Try http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/CrossCurriculumPriorities/Sustainability
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Climate change: How Hot Will It Get In My Lifetime?

Climate change: How Hot Will It Get In My Lifetime? | Climate Science and Action for Sustainability | Scoop.it
The UN is to publish the most exhaustive examination of climate change science to date, predicting dangerous temperature rises. How hot will it get in your lifetime?
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A great interactive tool that looks at past and future climate change all in relation to your year of birth.  

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Stephen Ritz: A teacher growing green in the South Bronx

"A whirlwind of energy and ideas, Stephen Ritz is a teacher in New York's tough South Bronx, where he and his kids grow lush gardens for food, greenery -- and jobs." http://youtu.be/RF6qTlgtHU0 ;


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Check out this high energy TED Talk featuring Stephen Ritz, who creates powerful opportunities for his students to take meaningful action to support the environment.

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5 Degrees to Becoming a Common Core Ninja [INFOGRAPHIC]

5 Degrees to Becoming a Common Core Ninja [INFOGRAPHIC] | Climate Science and Action for Sustainability | Scoop.it

"The Common Core State Standards can be a little overwhelming if you look at them as a whole. In order to truly master the standards it is key that you have a plan of attack." http://www.corestand.com/5-degrees-to-becoming-a-common-core-ninja-infographic/


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Seems a good mix of Ninjas!

 

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Resources for Educators, Parents, & Students | US Environmental Protection Agency

Resources for Educators, Parents, & Students | US Environmental Protection Agency | Climate Science and Action for Sustainability | Scoop.it

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Green Education Foundation: Sustainability Education - Green Education Foundation | GEF | Sustainability Education

Green Education Foundation: Sustainability Education - Green Education Foundation | GEF | Sustainability Education | Climate Science and Action for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Green Education Foundation (GEF) is a non-profit organization committed to creating a sustainable future through education, resources, and programs.

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Middle schoolers convince L.A. school district to ban styrofoam

Middle schoolers convince L.A. school district to ban styrofoam | Climate Science and Action for Sustainability | Scoop.it

Reblogged from Grist: She’s an adorable child who just wants to live on a clean planet. He’s a giant pile of styrofoam. They fight crime...."


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Earth Day Lessons

Earth Day Lessons | Climate Science and Action for Sustainability | Scoop.it
In short, Earth Day participants not only get alot done, they also demonstrate that human beings everywhere are driven by their faith, their conscience, their sense of duty, or by a moral imperative to save the planet.

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Cheap Nanotech Filter Clears Hazardous Microbes and Chemicals from Drinking Water: Scientific American

Cheap Nanotech Filter Clears Hazardous Microbes and Chemicals from Drinking Water: Scientific American | Climate Science and Action for Sustainability | Scoop.it

"About 780 million people—a tenth of the world’s population—do not have access to clean drinking water. Water laced with contaminants such as bacteria, viruses, lead and arsenic claims millions of lives each year. But an inexpensive device that effectively clears such contaminants from water may help solve this problem." http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=cheap-nanotech-filter-water&WT.mc_id=SA_Facebook


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24 Hours Of Reality – The Cost Of Carbon

24 Hours Of Reality – The Cost Of Carbon | Climate Science and Action for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Join us October 22 & 23 as we travel around the world, identifying the costs of carbon pollution, and the solution that can change the course of our future.

http://www.24hoursofreality.org/


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Why Carbon Footprints Matter: What I Learned from my Hyper-Detailed Calculations

Why Carbon Footprints Matter: What I Learned from my Hyper-Detailed Calculations | Climate Science and Action for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Why Carbon Footprints Matter: What I Learned from my Hyper-Detailed Calculations

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Earth Day Network | Earth Day 2013

Earth Day Network | Earth Day 2013 | Climate Science and Action for Sustainability | Scoop.it
You can make a difference! Help Earth Day Network – that works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries - broaden and mobilize the environmental movement.
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Great website with action ideas to be a Green Ninja and make a difference!

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Health of oceans 'declining fast'

Health of oceans 'declining fast' | Climate Science and Action for Sustainability | Scoop.it
The health of the world’s oceans is deteriorating even faster than scientists previously thought, a report says.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24369244


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One of our upcoming Green Ninja films is focused on this subject.  It's called 'The Baiting Game' and uses puppets to tell the story.

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