Category Archives: Quality of Life

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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Hogares Verdes y la Rutina Diaria

Hogares Verdes is a program developed by Spain’s Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente to help families make environmentally sustainable choices a part of their daily routines and purchasing habits.  On the web site you can download pdf files, brochures, … Continue reading

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Microquito: Stories about a city

What is funny, sad, unique, horrible, weird, beautiful, outrageous, boring or inspiring about where you live? How do places shape our sense of self and community? How does where we live impact us and how do we impact where we live? … Continue reading

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“Quiero dormir:” Noise pollution & conflict resolution

A colleague shared the following video with me a couple years ago and I used it for the first time this year to set up skits students created to practice conflict resolution. This music video spot from Spain depicts a … 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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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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Getting around in the city

Las Franjas Blancas para peatones are a series of brief (some are 30 seconds) videos depiciting scenes from Lima, Perú in support of creating a more pedestrian friendly city.  The videos are captioned in Spanish and can be stopped to … Continue reading

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Peatónman: pedestrian rights

Peatónman is the creation of the Asociación de Peatones de Quito.  This new superhéroe seeks to make streets safe and cities walkable for its citizens. This video shows a “live” Peatónman in action.  He stops cars from parking on the sidewalks … Continue reading

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