Category Archives: Environment & Ecology

sobre los árboles

Once I lived in a place with no trees.  No instrument for the breeze, no background green, no rest for the eyes, no branch to climb, no bark to float, no leaves to trace, no fruit to snitch, no tap … Continue reading

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La Vida Verde-comprensión auditiva con RNE

Radio Nacional de España offers a weekly radio program, La Vida Verde presented by Pilar Sampietro Colom, that explores green initiatives throughout Spain.  The radio programs are about 50 minutes long and incorporate several segments, including new music from Spanish artists, … Continue reading

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Del huerto urbano a la sala de clase

The global trend towards urbanization has been well-documented:  small cities are becoming big cities and some big cities are becoming mega-cities.  Not only does this pose challenges for providing these populations with fresh fruits and vegetables, consider that (according to … Continue reading

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Canastitas en Serie: un cuento corto

The enigmatic B Traven‘s short story Canastitas en Serie offers intriguing possibilities to explore a range of sustainability themes: sustainable economics, an individual’s and a culture’s relationship with the environment, quality of life, tolerance and diversity, the impact of place on culture, … Continue reading

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Yasunízate-should some oil be left in the ground?

In 2009 Ecuadoran president Rafael Correa offered a pact to the world:  If the international community contributes to a fund to offset half the cost to the national economy, Ecuador will refrain from exploiting the oil reserves beneath its Parque Nacional … Continue reading

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“Una Carta a Dios”-reading literature through a sustainability lens

Una Carta a Dios, a short story by Gregorio López y Fuentes, appears on many intermediate and advanced Spanish reading lists.  Below are a few ideas for integrating sustainability themes into the analysis of the story.  (Scroll to the end … Continue reading

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el Mapa Verde-creating livable cities

For the first time in history most people on the planet live in urban settings.   There are few places left in the world more than a day’s travel from a city.  The growth of cities, both in population and … Continue reading

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Riesgolandia-a game about preventing environmental disasters

A fun way to integrate weather and geographical vocabulary while learning to prevent environmental disasters is to play Riesgolandia.  This board game was developed by UNICEF, the Red Cross, the Red Crescent and EIRD.  Color PDF files of the tablero, two … Continue reading

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VeoVerde: website review & activities

VeoVerde-el futuro es verde is full of articles, videos, maps, photographs on a variety of topics that could easily be mined for sustainability connections to curricular themes.  Below are just a few examples of what you can find. flora y … Continue reading

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TUNZA: una revista ecológica internacional para jóvenes y por jóvenes

Tunza is a magazine produced by UNEP (United Nations Environmental Program) and written by and for young people across the globe.  Each magazine, available on their web site in PDF format, focuses on a particular environmental theme addressed from a … Continue reading

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