Spring 2010 – Post your “INFORMATION, EDUCATION AND MEDIA” topical homework here:

  • Find and read an article (online or in print) and post a link or citation, with a sentence or two summarizing the most useful points, for at least one item per week on your topic.
  • You may post additional links (with or without summaries) for some extra credit.
  • Note any important points from your book reading that connect with or inform your research topic.
  • Folks on other topic teams are welcome to make comments, suggest links, or anything else that would be helpful to this team (this will also earn you some extra credit).

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    86 Responses to “Information, Education & Media”

    1. duncan888 Says:

      A very interesting article here from The Oil Drum regarding Easter Island & resource depletion.

      http://anz.theoildrum.com/node/6333

      They pose some interesting questions such as “What did the Easter Islander who cut down the last palm tree say while he was doing it?” amongst other thought provoking questions.

      What if anything does this tell us about our own current habits & the world we currently reside in?

      Is it a meaningful, relevant comparison?

      Cheers,
      Duncan

    2. dmuszyn Says:

      Please see the link but these are government stats of the conversion of conventional farmland to organic.

      http://www.ers.usda.gov/data/organic/

      Valuable educational point that it is in demand.

      1. duncan888 Says:

        Those are positive steps in the right direction. 0.6% in 2008 is awfully small relative to the rest of the nations farmland, but I’m optimistic that over time this will grow & organic food will become increasingly mainstream.

        Duncan

    3. clbenedict Says:

      I came across this website when searching for different organizations that focus on environmental awareness and education.

      Grassroots Environmental Education describes there organization as “Science Driven. Solution Based.” What I liked most about the website is the information it had on how to apply environmental knowledge in everyday life. My favorite part of that was the section labeled “How Green is Your Town.” In this section of the website it goes over how to evaluate your community’s “greenness” and what steps to take to increase it. There is a checklist of 142 items which cover areas of businesses, schools, and local government.
      Their mission statement is :
      “The mission of Grassroots Environmental Education is to educate the public about the links between common environmental exposures and human health. We believe the cultivation of broad-based support through education is the key to positive and lasting change, and we seek to empower individuals to act as catalysts for change within their own communities.”

      The website is: http://www.grassrootsinfo.org/

      1. duncan888 Says:

        I think that’s great that they give people a “yardstick” to measure themselves against relative to others.

        I can guarantee you that in my presentation on land use/surburban sprawl, that communities that are widely spread out have school districts that are also spread out all over the place. The end result of this is schoolchildren are bussed into school from all over the place which has an enormous impact on the environment & consequentially has a gigantic carbon footprint.

        Duncan

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