Global Education resources created by children - Cultural Connections is a new, free Global Education resource by ChildFund Australia. It has been developed to support the Australian Curriculum’s focus on intercultural understanding.
Each square kilometre of Australian sea surface water is contaminated by around 4,000 pieces of tiny plastics, according to our study published today in journal PLOS ONE and data repository Dryad.
These small plastic fragments, mostly less than 5mm across, are loaded with pollutants that can negatively affect several marine species, from tiny fish and zooplankton to large turtles andwhales.
Plastic pollution hazards to Australian species and ecological communities are therefore likely broader than those officially recognised.
Global Education Project, Victoria's insight:
This article provides up to date research and mapping of Australia's oceans and assists in understanding the plastic pollution challenge we have. Julia Reisser and Charitha Pattiaratchi are both Oceanographers from the University of Western Australia.
11 October 2013, 3BL Media via GE Citizenship -- "It is estimated that more than two-thirds of the population of Sub-Sahara Africa is without electricity, and more than 85% of those living in rural areas lack access to the grid. (Source: International Energy Agency)
Electrifying the region is a huge challenge with no single solution. However, localized off-grid energy solutions whereby power is generated at or near the point of use—sometimes known as distributed power—are increasingly playing a big role in bridging the sub-Saharan “power gap.”
Just as the development of mobile phone networks in Sub-Saharan Africa reduced the need for fixed telecom infrastructure, off-grid energy is also a technological leapfrog. “Off-grid,” or distributed power, solutions such as standalone combined-heat-and-power (CHP) engines, micro-turbines, advanced battery technologies, and solar and wind energy systems can be more cost-effective and practical for many remote sub-Saharan locations that big centralized power schemes find difficult to reach.
The large-scale vegetable fields found in the Kenya highlands seem an unlikely frontier for this new energy revolution. However, Tropical Power, a UK-based biomass energy company, has developed a project using GE Jenbacher J420 technology for Vegpro, one of Kenya’s largest exporters of fresh vegetables and flowers to supermarkets across Europe. Vegpro’s 700 hectare farm near Naivasha currently produces 10,000 tons of vegetable matter per year.
Producing that much vegetable matter results in a large amount of waste material: up to 45,000 tons of waste annually at the Naivasha farm. A great untapped energy resource, the combined technological know-how of GE and Tropical Power will convert this previously underutilized by-product into electricity and heat for the farm as well as for the local community.
The waste vegetable matter is placed into an anaerobic digester, a low-oxygen environment that causes the biomass to rot and produce natural gas. It is this methane and carbon dioxide that is then burned in a low-emission GE Jenbacher J420 engine to produce electricity. ..."
Humanity's future is the future of cities. Explore the crowded favelas, greened-up blocks and futuristic districts that could shape the future of cities -- and take a profane, hilarious side trip to the suburbs.
We all have electronics, and most of us often get rid of the old ones when it's time for an upgrade. What we often don't think about is where our old electronics go when we throw them away.(Hint: there is no away).
As an introduction to the topic, the 4-page factsheet Forced and child labour is everyone's business explains what forced and child labour is, how Australians can be indirectly involved through their purchasing decisions, and how Australians can take action. It includes information about World Vision's advocacy campaign Don't Trade Lives.
The other factsheets have information and examples of forced and child labour in the cocoa, cotton, jewellery, palm oil, seafood, and technology industries. Each factsheet is 6-pages long, and outlines the key facts, the issue in that industry, and what is being done. They also contain simple supply chain diagrams. These would suit small group work, where each group could report back to the class about the issue of forced and child labour in the industry they examined. The small groups could then be reformed, with a 'representative' from each industry, to consider the global interconnections from trade, and the social, economic, and environmental impacts.
Girl Rising is a global action campaign for girls' education, founded by award-winning journalists at The Documentary Group and Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Productions, along with strategic partner, Intel Corporation. Centered by the new feature film, Girl Rising, Girl Rising uses the power of storytelling and the leverage of strategic partnerships to deliver a simple, critical truth:
Educating girls will..
reduce povertyreduce child mortalityreduce population growthreduce HIV infection rateschange the conditions that lead to terrorism
Big change starts small. The first step toward success is simple: pass it on. We know that educating girls will change the world. The more people who share that message - through social networks, at the dinner table, in boardrooms, in rural villages the closer we get to achieving our goals.
We’re all feeling the effects of climate change. But women in developing countries feel its impacts the most. Sisters on the Planet is a group of women that Oxfam is profiling and supporting who are leading the fight against climate change in their communities.
In Bangladesh for example, women often live and work in rural areas. And with poor communications in these areas, when floods from cyclones hit, women are often unaware until it is too late. Women are charged with the care of the family, so when crops fail or water supplies dry up due to the impacts of climate change, it’s the women who have to find ways of dealing with these challenges.
Water is essential for life. No living being on planet Earth can survive without it. It is a prerequisite for human health and well-being as well as for the preservation of the environment. However, four of every ten people in the world do not have access to even a simple pit latrine; and nearly two in ten have no source of safe drinking water. Every year millions of people, most of them children, die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation, and hygiene
The series "Through My Eyes invites young readers to enter the fragile worlds of children living in contemporary war zones. Every day in an increasing number of countries, children are desperately trying to survive as their families and their whole way of life is destroyed by war. This new series is a tribute to such children and the themes of courage, determination, triumph and perseverance will inspire, challenge and engage young readers, creating greater cross cultural understanding and informed empathy.
Several stories set in the World Wars have been written for younger readers but very little has been published about more contemporary conflicts and those within Asian settings. War affects the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the boy or girl and these stories will appeal to all readers." (www.throughmyeyesbooks.com.au)
Global Education Project, Victoria's insight:
This series is inspiring and powerful.
The unique cultural setting and multiplicity of contemporary global themes presented in these stories have strong relevance for the development of the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the following General Capabilities, particularly through the use of Inquiry Learning: Intercultural understanding Personal and social capability Ethical understanding Critical and creative thinking Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
Some of the stories are set in the Asian region supporting the Cross-curriculum priority of Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia and the development of ‘Asia literacy’. The opportunity to explore country and place, people, identity and culture ensures the relevance of this text for inclusion in the Geography and History learning areas of the Australian Curriculum.
The website provides a range of support material for middle years teachers.
New York City residents produce 11,000 tons of garbage every day. Every day! This astonishing statistic is just one of the reasons Robin Nagle started a research project with the city's Department of Sanitation.
In this inquiry-based unit, students will focus on using critical literacy skills to explore consumer culture and the world of advertising. The unit will develop the students’ understanding of the specific persuasive devices commonly used in print, television and online advertising.
The students will use critical literacy strategies to inquire into both the obvious and the ambiguous messages behind advertising. They will undertake critical and creative work, including speaking and listening activities.
Fish from plastic bottles, Brazil Communicating sustainability and encouraging people to engage with topics can be a challenge, especially as messages often project doom and gloom, or a need to compromise.