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Experiential learning creating a tangible sense of sustainability

Experiential learning creating a tangible sense of sustainability | Education for Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Experiential learning abandons the textbooks and takes the learner outside their comfort zone for a more memorable lesson, says Oliver Balch...
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Restoring The Ocean Ecosystem: GreenWave Ignites An Aquacultural Revolution

Restoring The Ocean Ecosystem: GreenWave Ignites An Aquacultural Revolution | Education for Sustainable Development | Scoop.it



In order to become an active member of a sustainable society, you actually don’t need to do much or invent anything. As a matter of fact, sometimes, doing nothing within a destructive system is enough.Instead, you have a look at your community to see what kind of open-source projects outside the usual paths present a challenge and opportunity.Empowering anyone with a love for the ocean, its ecosystem and fishing should be looking at GreenWave, a company founded by fellow commercial fisherman Bren Smith and Emily Stengal.$$!ad_code_content_spilt_video_ad!$$As experts in the field of sustainable food systems, they invented something truly remarkable. Their floating and underwater 3D farm is a revolutionary model of harvesting what lies beneath the ocean and a possibility for people willing to set up their own restorative ocean farm. All you need to invest is the sum of around $20,000 and one year of work. The design itself is meant to be replicated.With over 10,000 edible plants in the sea and more of the United States underwater than above, this is our opportunity to rearrange the seafood plate and reduce pressure on fish stocks, with sustainable seagreens in the middle and wild fish at the edges.You’ll then be such an active supporter for a sustainable world, helping to regenerate the ocean, providing jobs and sustainable food to others. The aqua cultural farming system promises to return plenty of seaweed and shellfish. Seaweed, in particular, is known to absorb or filter 5 times as much greenhouse gas as land-based plants.The work of GreenWave has been awarded many times already, and after being able to catch the Fuller Challenge back in 2015 they now reeled in another big fish, the 2017 INDEX: Award as a work winner.Learn more about the vision and mission of GreenWave here and help to build what is called the Blue-Green Economy.






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Scientists Just Made Food From Electricity

Scientists Just Made Food From Electricity | Education for Sustainable Development | Scoop.it




A batch of single-cell protein has been produced by using electricity and carbon dioxide in a joint study by the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Protein produced in this way can be further developed for use as food and animal feed. The method releases food production from restrictions related to the environment. The protein can be produced anywhere renewable energy, such as solar energy, is available."In practice, all the raw materials are available from the air. In the future, the technology can be transported to, for instance, deserts and other areas facing famine. One possible alternative is a home reactor, a type of domestic appliance that the consumer can use to produce the needed protein," explains Juha-Pekka Pitkänen, principal scientist at VTT.Along with food, the researchers are developing the protein to be used as animal feed. The protein created with electricity can be used as a fodder replacement, thus releasing land areas for other purposes, such as forestry. It allows food to be produced where it is needed.$$!ad_code_content_spilt_video_ad!$$"Compared to traditional agriculture, the production method currently under development does not require a location with the conditions for agriculture, such as the right temperature, humidity or a certain soil type. This allows us to use a completely automatised process to produce the animal feed required in a shipping container facility built on the farm. The method requires no pest-control substances. Only the required amount of fertiliser-like nutrients is used in the closed process. This allows us to avoid any environmental impacts, such as runoffs into water systems or the formation of powerful greenhouse gases," says Professor Jero Ahola of LUT.Tenfold energy efficiencyAccording to estimates by the researchers, the process of creating food from electricity can be nearly 10 times as energy-efficient as common photosynthesis, which is used for cultivation of soy and other products. For the product to be competitive, the production process must become even more efficient. 

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Carbon dioxide must be removed from the atmosphere to avoid extreme climate change, say scientists

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Former NASA Climate Chief Warns That Earth Could Become “Practically Ungovernable”

Former NASA Climate Chief Warns That Earth Could Become “Practically Ungovernable” | Education for Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Expert believes sea levels will be a bigger problem than temperatures in the future.
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What Trump's Decision to Withdraw From the Climate Accord Means for Teachers

What Trump's Decision to Withdraw From the Climate Accord Means for Teachers | Education for Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Teachers are grappling with how to present the recent overhaul in the federal government's stance on environmental issues.
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To Help Save the Planet, This Entrepreneur Builds Sustainable Farms in Urban Cities

To Help Save the Planet, This Entrepreneur Builds Sustainable Farms in Urban Cities | Education for Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
This CEO and co-founder is focusing his efforts on sustainable farming -- one city at a time.

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The Arctic Is Rapidly Turning Green, and It's a Serious Problem

The Arctic Is Rapidly Turning Green, and It's a Serious Problem | Education for Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Researchers have determined that thinning Artic sea ice has caused a massive bloom of phytoplankton that is growing under it.
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Engineering Nature: How Improved Photosynthesis Could Feed the World

Engineering Nature: How Improved Photosynthesis Could Feed the World | Education for Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
In terms of plants, the concept of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) often refers to the insertion of genetic information from one species of plant to another so that the recipient plant gains a desirable trait. This process has been used extensively to improve crop yields. For example, one type of rice has been made waterproof so that yields aren’t affected by heavy floods from typhoons.

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The Arctic Is a Profoundly Different Place Now

The Arctic Is a Profoundly Different Place Now | Education for Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
The changes in the region are so significant they will have implications across the globe
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Xie Qianyu's comment, January 31, 5:19 AM
We are always talking about climate change and global warming, but it is not until we see something like this that we realize how extreme it is. I am deeply concerned for the state of our world and its future after reading this article, and I am not very positive about our future if this is what we are facing now. With one of the world's biggest pollutant producer, the USA out of the Paris climate accords, it is hard to see how we can launch an "aggressive intervention", as the article puts it. I feel that one of humankind's fatal flaws is that we see ourselves as superior, to the point where we think we rule the world and can do whatever we want with it. It is this kind of selfish thinking that is causing our downfall, and we are taking the rest of Earth with us. I sincerely hope that we can make use of what we have and what we can do to contribute to our environment, such as recycling and being conscious of our ecological footprint. We should take this as a warning to put more effort into saving the environment than ever before, before it is too late for us and for Earth.
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The changes to the Arctic now being measured by scientists are so significant they will have implications across the globe, according to a report from the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme. That could include worsening monsoons in Asia, extreme temperature records and the inundation of coastal cities. Scientists have tracked a shocking series of changes to the region already, including alarming findings stumbled upon by accident. They've seen green ice, which warming oceans caused by thinning ice to such an extent that microorganisms could thrive at an unprecedented rate underneath. They recently found that river ice now disappears a month earlier than it used to just 15 years ago. They even found it shut off a river in just four days as a melting glacier cut off its water source. These are extremely alarming. We can play a part in fighting climate changes by reducing, reusing and recycling. This can in turn cause a lower rate of deforestation for paper products. Forests are huge carbon sinks and hence they release a lot of carbon dioxide when cut down. These carbon dioxide are greenhouse gases, which contribute the the greenhouse effect, trapping heat and causing climate change. We can also cut down the usage of electricity, as much electricity is generated using fossil fuels, which release carbon dioxie when burnt and once again contributes to the greenhouse effect.
Lim Yi Xuan's comment, February 18, 8:31 AM
The Arctic has suffered great damages due to climate change and the phenomenon of global warming. Scientists have seen green ice, which warming oceans caused by thinning ice to such an extent that microorganisms could thrive at an unprecedented rate underneath. Moreover, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced yesterday in its 11th annual “Arctic Report Card,” which noted record-low sea ice levels and that 2016 was the warmest year on record in the region, where temperatures are rising twice as fast. They recently found that river ice now disappears a month earlier than it used to just 15 years ago. They even found it shut off a river in just four days as a melting glacier cut off its water source. And as the region warms and ice melts, a new survey shows that sea levels may rise an additional foot on top of previous efforts if nothing is done to curb the amount of carbon dioxide put into the atmosphere.

In order to play a part in combating climate change, we should try our very best to reduce our carbon footprint. For example, we could take public transport instead of private vehicles, by commuting in the same vehicle we reduce the amount of greenhouse gases released into the environment and less heat will be trapped on earth, decreasing the rise of the earth’s temperature. We could also cut down on the electricity we use, which in turn reduces the amount of fossil fuels burnt and released into the environment. No matter how small the contribution towards combating climate change, it plays a big role in helping to mitigate the negative impacts. And with people’s cooperation where everyone were to do their part in helping, we would definitely be able to combat this problem effectively and efficiently.
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How Google is disrupting the education system

How Google is disrupting the education system | Education for Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Google has unveiled plans to use its Squared Online course to disrupt the education system, as it says it is “successfully” merging classroom and online learning styles, something it claims rival tech firms have failed to do.

“Squared Online bridges the gap between the classic classroom experience, where you can’t get scale, and e-learning that can sometimes be a bit dry. It offers a more experiential learning experience,” says Shuvo Saha, director of the Google Digital Academy.

The course focuses on digital marketing and is split into five modules which look at disruption, how tech is changing businesses, the rise of social and mobile, data analytics and insights.

Squared Online originally began as a face-to-face class, but the tech giant soon realised it needed more scale and so decided to create an online interactive classroom. To do this it collaborated with Avado, a professional coaching company.

This allowed it to move from 30 people attending classes three to four times a year to working with up to 400 people at a time, in a much more collaborative way.

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ThePlanetaryArchives/San Francisco CA's curator insight, April 24, 2017 4:41 PM

Could be good. Depends on what is being "taught."

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Earth Day 2017 - 4K Earth Views From Space

Our planet is beautiful. In honor of Earth Day 2017, enjoy Ultra High Definition views of our home planet captured from 250 miles up on the Internationa
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Check Out “The Global Jukebox” For Folk Music From Around The World

Check Out “The Global Jukebox” For Folk Music From Around The World | Education for Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
The Global Jukebox is an amazing repository of folks songs from all over the world. They’re organized in a couple of ways, including geographically. Here’s how they describe themselves:…

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Play | Reach for the Sun | Games for Change

Play | Reach for the Sun | Games for Change | Education for Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Manage your plant to make as many seeds as possible before winter comes in this educational resource management simulation.

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In the past years in the U.S. many people have stopped skateboarding. Even though it has dropped in the U.S. skateboarding has become more popular in many countries around the world. Professional skateboarding has also became more common around the world. In the U.S. in 2006 10.13 million people participated in skateboarding, but in a 2015 only 6.44 million americans participated in skateboarding.  The cause of the numbers declining may be because of the number of injuries included in the sport. Also, police have started cracking down on skateboarding in towns and in some towns skateboarding is banned from the public. Even though the number of skateboarding participants has dropped there are still many skateboarders in the U.S.

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A History of Global Warming, In Just 35 Seconds

A History of Global Warming, In Just 35 Seconds | Education for Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Move over, temperature spiral. A new animation shows what global warming looks like in more than 100 countries.
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Cool the Planet? Geoengineering Is Easier Said Than Done

Cool the Planet? Geoengineering Is Easier Said Than Done | Education for Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
With the world facing increased warming, melting ice caps, rising sea levels, intense weather events and other global disasters, scientists are exploring ways to re-engineer the planet to counter the effects of global warming.
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Grow your own lamp out of mushrooms and hemp

Grow your own lamp out of mushrooms and hemp | Education for Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Mushrooms are disgusting, but growing a lamp out of fungi is both weird and cool. That’s the idea behind New York-based biomaterials company Ecovative design, which sells mushroom an
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Sea Level Rise Accelerates As Melting of Greenland Ice Sheet Intensifies

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Global warming could shift rainfall patterns

Global warming could shift rainfall patterns | Education for Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Dry areas could become drier while the wet areas get wetter.
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Climate Change and Energy Curricula - Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

Climate Change and Energy Curricula - Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy | Education for Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Climate Generation offers a suite of Grades 3-12 curriculum resources in the form of curriculum guides, as well as online modules that can be downloaded fo

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Researchers develop recycling for carbon fiber composites

Researchers develop recycling for carbon fiber composites | Education for Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
A WSU research team for the first time has developed a promising way to recycle the popular carbon fiber plastics that are used in everything from modern airplanes and sporting goods to the wind energy industry.
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Pupil power: how students are turning schools green

Pupil power: how students are turning schools green | Education for Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
A scheme encouraging young people to take the lead on environmental projects is changing habits, growing leaders – and saving schools money
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There Are So Many Amazing Ways to Fight Food Waste -- This Documentary Is Here to Show You How

There Are So Many Amazing Ways to Fight Food Waste -- This Documentary Is Here to Show You How | Education for Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
It's massive: a new film by Anthony Bourdain takes on America’s gargantuan food waste problem.
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tan wee suan's comment, September 6, 2017 8:51 PM
Yes, definitely. I do think that food waste is an evident issue in Singapore due to the fact that we are an affluent country that permits households to over purchase food. Due to affluence, people are able to afford better quality food in larger amounts, and most of the time do not care or are mindful about the amount that they are purchasing. I think that one way to mediate the issue is to raise awareness about the issue of food wastage not only on media, but also food places such that when consumers purchase their items they would be reminded to consume less or just enough for their needs.
Elizabeth Lim's comment, September 10, 2017 9:44 AM
I think the issue of food waste is definitely applicable to Singapore as people often buy more than they will eat. An example would be in hawker centres, where half-eaten plates of food can be seen waiting to be cleared after the lunch crowd vanishes. Singaporeans often have a "kiasu" mentality and would rather order more food and not finish it than order less and spend more time queuing for more later. Singaporeans also have really high standards when it comes to food, discarding their plate of food if they find it unpalatable or not buying food with slight blemishes that may not affect the quality of the food. I think people need to be lower their expectations because not all can be met, and trying too hard to meet them just makes the food situation worse and worse. We need to learn to be tolerant, even to little things like food being not tasty or appealing enough.
Seah Qiao Ling's comment, January 21, 1:52 AM
Food waste is a pressing issue in many affluent countries. People do not see the need to save every last scrap of food because they do not have to worry about the next meal. This issue is also applicable to Singapore. Food waste accounts for about 10 percent of the total waste generated in Singapore, but only 14 percent of the food waste is recycled. I feel there is a need for the problem of food waste to be more strongly highlighted in Singapore. Although there are campaigns to promote lesser food wastage, it is unable to reach out to many. Perhaps a better idea would be to start food wastage education from young. Primary school children could be made known about the effects of food wastage and what they can do to reduce their food wastage. Efforts to reduce food wastage such as the Food Bank can be introduced to them. One of the best ways to reduce food wastage is to donate those that we have in excess that are still in good condition to those that need it more.
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3 modern Instructional Designer Skills for creating a cohesive learning experience

3 modern Instructional Designer Skills for creating a cohesive learning experience | Education for Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Instructional Designers are trained in the latest cutting edge technologies and are adept at using creative techniques to build custom training solutions. They are known for their passion for learning, along with their writing, researching, and communication skills. They must also be effective project managers and flexible problem solvers. These Instructional Designer skills are necessary but will be insufficient unless they are applied with a “learner first” philosophy, which places the needs of the learner ahead of the presentation of the content in the eLearning course. Here are 3 modern Instructional Designer skills the experts use to focus on the needs of their learner:

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This Startup Is Building A Fitness Tracker For The Planet

This Startup Is Building A Fitness Tracker For The Planet | Education for Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
It seems like everything is tracked and measured these days. Order a pizza, and you get a notification when it’s put in the oven. Curious about how many times an NBA player (any player) dribbles per possession? That information is neatly presented on the league’s official site. Even dreams are being produced, collected, and analyzed as part of our “quantified self” data.

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