POLITICS The federal government failed to pass a spending bill, causing the first government shutdown since 2013. This process will complicate many lives—those of federal workers and the millions of Americans who rely on them. (Washington Post) Remember the last shutdown? Use our study guide to compare and contrast the impact on government and everyday citizens. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key … Continue reading What’s Up with the Shutdown?
ENVIRONMENT The Palauan government recently instituted a mandatory ‘eco-pledge’ for tourists—in the form of a passport stamp. (National Geographic) What did our Pristine Seas team find in Palau? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. PALAU PLEDGE Children of Palau I take this pledge, as your guest, to preserve and protect your beautiful and unique island home. I … Continue reading The ‘Palau Pledge’ Puts Ecology First
WORLD Yemen is in the midst of an unfathomable humanitarian crisis. What factors are contributing to the conflict? (BBC and Lawfare) Where is Yemen? Use our map to customize a map of Yemen and the Arabian Peninsula. Discussion Ideas Read through the truly great Lawfare article on the Yemeni crisis, and try to unpack some of the issues with the questions below. Here’s its perfect … Continue reading What’s Going on in Yemen?
ENVIRONMENT Mexico’s government has created the largest ocean reserve in North America around the Pacific archipelago of the Revillagigedo islands. (The Guardian and National Geographic) What’s going on around the Revillagigedo islands? Learn more from our Pristine Seas expedition. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Mexico just created a 150,000-square-kilometer (57,000-square-mile) marine reserve surrounding … Continue reading Mexico Creates One of the Largest Marine Reserves in the Pacific
POLITICS In exchange for land, Queen Victoria promised an annuity to each indigenous person around Lake Huron. Now a legal case seeks to bring that treaty up to date. (The Guardian) Where is this $4 land? Use our downloadable map to find Ojibwe cultural territory. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Many indigenous peoples are … Continue reading After 150 years, First Nations Try to Raise the Rent around Lake Huron