Category Archives: Sustainable Economics & Consumption

actividades para la primavera: planeta sano, yo san@

 Here’s an assignment to integrate sustainability themes into a Spanish 2 unit on health vocabulary.  Grammar points=preterit and imperfect contrast, commands (formal or informal), future tense or future expressions (ir + a + infinitivo, etc.) and possibly present tense subjunctive. … Continue reading

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cosas que puedes hacer con Cajas de Cartón, parte 2

Environment and sense of place  Environment, climate and geography play an out-sized role in the lives of Panchito’s family, and others like them, by  pushing them towards new places as single crops planted in large scale for the national market ripen … Continue reading

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soluciones

The blog 3.500 millones, sponsored by Madrid’s print and on-line newspaper El País, focuses on solutions to seemingly intractable problems such as la pobreza, la contaminación, el sobreconsumo y la indiferencia.  In their own words “3500 millones es la mitad de la población … Continue reading

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Actividades ambientales fáciles que puedes hacer con las clases

Looking for meaningful ways to help students put their language skills into action?  This web site from Chile, El Libro Verde de los Niños, includes instructions in simple language (lots of informal commands, basic vocabulary) for projects, experiments and environmental … Continue reading

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Como la vida misma

Como la vida misma, the short story by Rosa Montero, puts you in the driver’s seat during a morning traffic jam in an anonymous city.  Humorous at times, the present tense, second person narration pulls you into the stress, aggression, euphoria, … Continue reading

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Un Anuncio Incómodo de España

Below are some video spots on climate change.  I’ve used the first spot from Spain, “Cambiemos el mundo sin cambiar el planeta,” as a listening exercise, discussion starter and grammar practice (present perfect -indicative and subjunctive) using this handout: un anuncio … 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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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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Manualidades y Reciclaje: Make something awesome with your class!

If you’ve seen the movie Bag it you may remember these statistics: *In 2008 it’s estimated that 2,480,000 tons of plastic bottles and jars were disposed of around the world. *In 2009 102 BILLION plastic bags were used in the … 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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