HEALTH Portland Voters Reject Fluoridation, Again For the fourth time since 1956, residents of Portland, Oregon, have rejected a measure to add fluoride to the city’s water supply. This leaves Portland as the largest urban area in the U.S. without fluoridated water. Discussion Ideas: Portland is the largest city in the U.S. without fluoridated water.Why do students think most urban areas invest in fluoridating their … Continue reading Portland Voters Reject Fluoridation, Again
GEOGRAPHY Coffee growers and shippers from developing nations are saving their businesses by improving the quality of their beans and appealing to the elite “specialty coffee” market. (NPR) Trace the geography of coffee by mimicking our Geography of a Pencil activity. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas: The NPR story outlines a supply chain that … Continue reading Specialty Coffee Market Is Full of (Good) Beans
This summer I’m going to be riding a bike from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine. Why? Well… first off, why not? Second, I want to see the country from a bicycle- – which is to say: I want to really see the country, not just from a TV screen or from an airplane. How much gas is this going to take me? Barring the plane trip to my starting destination and the road trip home… NOT A WHOLE LOT. Can you think of ways to travel that have a relatively small impact on the earth?
To do this bike trip, of course, requires a LOT of gear, so I was thinking about heading to REI this afternoon to look at some pannier bags for my bicycle. While discussing this with my editor, we reflected on how it’s pretty hip to dress like you are a serious outdoor enthusiast, while not actually being an outdoor enthusiast. This fashion style shall henceforth be referred to as “wilderness chic.” I say, if you are sporting your North Face jacket but haven’t gotten out to a local park to do some hiking yet, this spring is your chance to ‘walk the walk’ and ‘talk the talk.’