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Teresia Olotai, 35, one of the senior mamas in the Lobulu Maasai Boma, uses a new refrigerator powered by her community's solar micro-grid to keep fresh milk from spoiling. Photo credit: Morgana Wingard / USAID U.S. Agency for International Development
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In this post, EE 30 Under 30 Leader Mariam Kabamba discusses how climate change, hunger, and education converge and introduces four environmental educators working toward solutions.

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Dr. Jeremy Solin shares how he connected to the land and made it his business. We make meaning by seeking associations with the land. Aldo Leopold saw it this way: "When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect." When we see things through the eyes of what we love, to protect it and sustain it. We then have a model that asks us to act in a way that represents our love for the earth, to protect it, and to pass it along to the next generation.

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Testing water from local aquatic ecosystems. Photo credit: Angela Darveau
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Moderator Endorsed: Global EE

As environmental educators, it can be easy to focus on problems like climate change, deforestation, and extinction, but that can have negative impacts on young generations. Rather than inspiring them to care more, this can sometimes have the opposite affect by causing young people to feel helpless to make change. We can combat this by fostering a sense of place in our students, focusing on local ecosystems, and encouraging them to see nature all around them. A focus on local solutions gives us a chance to see how just a few people can make a big difference. We can inspire others by emphasizing tangible actions that they can personally take, since it always feels better to do something about the problems you see. Small adjustments to these lessons may be all it takes to change someone’s outlook!

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Moderator Endorsed: Global EE

The "culture of danger," as in child-proofing homes, daycare facilities, and outside play areas, has touched every aspect of early childhood education. How can one go about playing in backyards and play areas when one lives near bears, moose, and coyotes? It is all about acquiring knowledge of wildlife behavior and discovering the special capabilities of very young children.

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Tabletop display materials will be used at outreach events such as here at the Ohio Fish and Shrimp Festival in September 2022. Photo credit: Nicole Wright
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Moderator Endorsed: Global EE

Dive into the story of an Ohioan partnership linking people and small businesses across the state through education, and follow the yellow perch's journey from source to plate in the latest Harvest Stories.

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Photo credit: Holly Peterson/Westgate Community School
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Moderator Endorsed: Global EE

After college, I became disheartened that environmental education was not the career path that I wanted to continue. Every position I saw offered low wages, part-time, or volunteer work. Then I found Westgate Community School (WCS), a K–12 charter school unlike any other. Environmental Education and Service Learning are just two pieces of Westgate’s whole child education that I lead as the Environmental Education Coordinator. I take care of goats, chickens, barn cats, and a snake daily. I teach topics about all things environmental. I am here to talk about my work at Westgate and explain why we must integrate environmental education into our public school systems.