Educator Spotlight: Empowering a School Community to Recycle

David Sweeney inspired his third-graders to advocate for recycling and trash pickup at their school and in their community. Students collected trash, classified it, and analyzed the results. They connected with school community members to share their learning about recycling. David moved to fourth grade with his students this year and continues to support them in caring for their school. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Empowering a School Community to Recycle

E-Waste Skyrockets in East Asia

ENVIRONMENT The tech boom is spreading worldwide and it comes with a cost. Between 2010 and 2015, e-waste generated in East and Southeast Asia rose 63%, according to a new report. (EurekAlert!) How does e-waste contribute to pollution? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas A new study documents the skyrocketing accumulation of e-waste in East … Continue reading E-Waste Skyrockets in East Asia

Beirut’s River of Trash

WORLD A river of stinking garbage bags is snaking its way through the suburbs of Beirut, a surreal and unhygienic blight on Lebanon’s cosmopolitan capital. (CNN) Use our resources to learn a little more about trash and other forms of pollution. Scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Take a look at this simple locator map of Jdeideh, … Continue reading Beirut’s River of Trash

Recycling Discrimination

ENVIRONMENT What do you recycle, and what do you trash? Researchers say that “[a]fter we finish using a product, we somehow evaluate, ‘does the product still look like it could be useful?’” Tons of recyclable material—scraps of paper, dented cans, broken bottles—end up in the landfill every year. (Testing this would be a great, do-able science fair project!) (NPR) Use our materials to understand how … Continue reading Recycling Discrimination