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Environment and Sustainability Resources Books

As if the Earth Matters—Recommitting to Environmental Education
Henley, Thom and Peavy, Kenny. (2007). As if the Earth Matters calls for action beyond eco-awareness. It advocates moving young minds and hearts to a deeper sense of belonging in nature and stewardship towards it. The authors provide ideas for sensory, experiences outdoors to develop hope for the future.

The Better World Handbook: From Good Intentions to Everyday Actions
Jones, Elis; Haenfler, Ross; Johnson, Bret; and Klocke, Brian. (2001).
Grades: Secondary school
The Better World Handbook is a user guide for all people interested in making the world a better place. The book explores the connections between issues of economic fairness, comprehensive peace, ecological sustainability, deep democracy, social justice, culture of simplicity, and community revitalization.

Cancer Smart 3.0: The Consumer Guide
Griffin, Shaw. (2004).
Grades: High School
This guide has helped many Canadians identify the toxic ingredients that can be found in our everyday household products, such as plastics and Teflon. It provides a list of healthier alternatives and offers a list of further resources, from books and websites to policies and cancer reports.

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
McDonough, William and Braungart, Michael. (2002).
In Cradle to Cradle, McDonough and Braungart challenge the notion of recycle, reuse, reduce. This book presents an argument for sustainable design protocols that reflect a new spirit and employs the intelligence of natural systems — the effec tiveness of nutrient cycling and the abundance of the sun’s energy. They show ways that allow nature and commerce to co-exist.

Des idées fraiches à l’école – Activités et projets pour contrer les changements climatiques
(English version: Teaching About Climate Change)
Grant, Tim, and Littlejohn, Gail. (2001).
Grades: Tous les niveaux
Ce livre donne aux professeurs des idées d’activités et de projets a réaliser a l’école pour aider les élèves a comprendre la problématiques des changements climatiques. Il comprend des outils pédagogiques pratiques comme des jeux de table, modèle de sondage, calcul du bilan énergétique à l’école, etc.

Earth in Mind: On Education, the Environment, and the Human Prospect
Orr, David. (2004).
Orr presents a perspective on the environmental crisis as an issue of mind, perception and values. Earth in mind is an exploration of the problems with modern education as it impacts the environment and our sense of belonging. Orr gives concrete ideas about how to restructure and redesign curriculum to address  environmental destruction and enhance our sense of connection to the environment and our community.

Education: A Powerful Tool for Combatting Climate Change: A guide for education unions and educators
This guide aims to provide Education International member organisations with a tool for exploring the prin­cipal questions, issues and challenges arising from the climate crisis and how unions can respond.

Fast Food Nation
Schlosser, Eric (2005).
Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an
epidemic of obesity, and propelled American cultural imperialism abroad. That's a lengthy list of charges,
but Eric Schlosser makes them stick with an artful mix of first-rate reportage, wry wit, and careful reasoning.
Schlosser's myth-shattering survey stretches from California's subdivisions, where the business was born, to the industrial corridor along the New Jersey Turnpike, where many of fast food's flavors are concocted. Along the way, he unearths a trove of fascinating, unsettling truths—from the unholy alliance between fast food and Hollywood to the seismic changes the industry has wrought in food production, popular culture, and even real estate.

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual
Pollan, Michael (2009).
In Food Rules, Michael Pollan provides an indispensible guide for anyone concerned about health and food. Simple, sensible, and easy to use, Food Rules is a set of memorable rules for eating wisely, many drawn from a variety of ethnic or cultural traditions. Whether at the supermarket or an all-you-can-eat-buffet, this handy, pocket-size resource is the perfect guide for anyone who would like to become more mindful of the food we eat.

Greening School Grounds: Creating Habitats for Learning
Grant, Tim and Littlejohn, Gail. (2001).
Grades: All grades
This book was written to guide teachers through all phases of a school grounds project, from developing a rationale that will win the support of principals and administrators, through redesigning the grounds, to tapping the rich potential of the schoolyard as a place for hands-on, multidisciplinary learning.

The Greenpeace Green Living Guide
Katz, Amy. (2007).
Grades: Secondary school
This book offers real solutions for environmental living at home, at school, and in the community to help slow down climate change. It’s a guide for all of us who want to take small steps to change the world by helping the environment. It also shows how each of us can become an everyday activist and take on the root causes of environmental problems in Canada and around the world.

Omnivores Dilemma
Pollan, Michael. (2006).
What we should have for dinner? Author Michael Pollan addresses this question by following each of the food
chains that sustain us—industrial food, organic or alternative food, and food we forage ourselves—from the source to a final meal, and in the process develops a definitive account of the American way of eating. His absorbing narrative takes us from Iowa cornfields to food-science laboratories, from feedlots and fast-food restaurants to organic farms and huntng grounds, always emphasizing our dynamic co-evolutionary relationship with the handful of plant and animal species we depend on. Each time Pollan sits down to a meal, he deploys his unique blend of personal and investigative journalism to trace the origins of everything consumed, revealing what we unwittingly ingest and explaining how our taste for particular foods and flavors reflects our evolutionary inheritance.

The Outward Bound Earthbook
Crenshaw, Larry. (1995).
Grades: Secondary school
The practical resource for educators includes excellent experiential lesson plans related to real-world environmental problems. Lessons are eco-centered and link human choices to environmental and human problems. This book challenges learners to rethink their connection to the earth.

Rediscovery. Ancient Pathways, New Directions
Henley, Thom. (1996).
The rediscovery program has drawn timeless wisdom from Native elders. This book reflects the contributions of more than thirty native cultures and provides 130 activities based on the spirit of sharing, communicating with other cultures, connecting with the natural environment.

Sharing Nature with Children
Cornell, Joseph. (1997).
Grades: Pre-Kindergarten and up
This extraordinary resource is respected by educators as a practical resource. Sharing Nature with Childre has 42 nature awareness activities that can be used with a class or with individual students.

Teaching Elementary Science: Who’s Afraid of Spiders?
Wassermann, Selma and Ivany, J.W. George. (2006).
This book is for teachers, who want to teach science using higher thinking skills, exploration and
experimentation. It describes a play-debrief-replay theoretical model that engages students with the natural environment and science materials in an innovative way. The focus is on examining many possible alternative explanations for scientific understanding. 60 science activities are described.

Teaching Green: The Middle Years: Hands on Learning on Grade 6 to 8
Grant, Tim and Littlejohn, Gail. (2004).
Grades: 6 to 8
Teaching Green: The Middle Years offers 50 kid-tested teaching strategies that promote interdisciplinary
hands-on learning about environmental issues, and that foster critical thinking on topics such as sustaining
ecosystems, living sustainably, and making interdisciplinary connections.

You are The Earth
Suzuki, David and Vanderliden, Kathy. (1999).
Grades: K to 9
You are the Earth explains how everything on earth is connected. This book is full of scientific facts, classroom activities, and ideas and  stories to help students understand the relationship between the environment and what they can do to make the earth a better place.

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