Category Archives: Environment & Society

Perspective: Why Environmental Educators Shouldn’t Give Up Hope

Environmental educator and EarthEd contributing author Jacob Rodenburg shares what motivated him to write the “The Pathway to Stewardship” chapter in EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet. I’m trying hard not to get discouraged. Being an environmental educator in today’s world feels like you are asked to stop a rushing river armed only with a … Continue Reading ››

Schools in Portland, Oregon Drop “Doubt” from Climate Change Lessons

Bill Bigelow shares a look at how schools in Portland are rejecting traditional (and insufficient) ways to teach students about climate change. This article is excerpted from the latest edition of State of the World which examines how, by rethinking education, people worldwide can better adapt to a rapidly changing planet. According to a recent survey by … Continue Reading ››

5 Surprising Ways That “Green” Products Are Trying to Trick You

You’re standing at the store, a bottle of shampoo in each hand. Your gaze circles from one label to the other, and your mind runs 10 simultaneous comparisons to decide which bottle you’ll bring home. Blue is, after all, your favorite color. And this label does have a nice flower on the side. But, you’re a … Continue Reading ››

A Thai School Without Walls Fosters Minds Without Barriers

Kei Franklin explores how one school in Thailand fosters "good citizens," going beyond simple environmental education. This article is excerpted from EarthEd, the latest edition of State of the World which examines how,  education worldwide can help people better adapt to a rapidly changing planet. The education needed to build a sustainable future need not be … Continue Reading ››

Careers in Resilience Offer Future-Ready Opportunities for Youth

The Post Carbon Institute's Asher Miller shares a look at how young people could be a driving force for community resilience. This article is excerpted from the latest edition of State of the World which examines how, by rethinking education, people worldwide can better adapt to a rapidly changing planet. In the dark days of May 1934, … Continue Reading ››

Creating a Future-ready Education System: The EarthEd Symposium

Thank you to our local and global audience for joining us for the launch of our latest State of the World report, EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet! We had people tuned in from over 54 countries and 36 states, including watch parties in Thailand,  Texas,  and the District of Columbia. Continue Reading ››

Sneak Peek: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet

It's almost here! Our newest State of the World report, EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet, will be making its public debut on April 20. Join us for the webcast of our EarthEd Syposium, live from Appalachian State University. You can also pre-order your copy today!

With global environmental changes locked into our … Continue Reading ››

How Three Women Are Changing the World Through Solar Power

Given the transformative potential of solar power to address growing concerns about climate change, pollution, and sustainable energy integration, as well as to effectively harness the unique skills of women, it is crucial to recognize and cultivate this relationship. Because of its potential to spur economic independence, decision-making power, and social mobility, solar energy has a … Continue Reading ››

Slavery is a thing of the past, right? Think again.

Most people think slavery is a thing of the past and has nothing to do with them. They’re wrong on both counts. Slaves or trafficked victims are exploited in mining (gold, coltan, molybdenum, niobium, tin), agriculture, weaving, ship breaking, brick and charcoal making, timber cutting, quarrying, and fish processing. Victims are also involved in pornography, prostitution, … Continue Reading ››

Morocco’s Clean Energy, Clear Advantage: Lessons on Energy Access

Africa has tremendous energy resources, yet 600 million people across the continent lack energy access. We take a look at clean energy in Morocco for lessons on reducing energy poverty in Africa. Providing reliable, affordable, and sustainable access to energy has become a core focus of the international development community and is the seventh goal of the 2015 … Continue Reading ››