Not all scientists wear white lab coats. From space to the ocean, scientists’ work – and even their lives – can depend on what they wear whether it’s a spacesuit, polar parka, waterproof waders, hard hat, lab gloves, swim fins or camouflage. In her new STEM book Scientists Get Dressed (September 2019, Persnickety Press/WunderMill Books), Deborah Lee Rose explores how scientists suit up, gown up, gear up and dress up in costume to make new scientific discoveries, save lives and save our planet. 2019 winner of the national DeBary Award for Outstanding Science Books for Children from the American Phytopathological Society.
Teachers can engage their students in one of the hottest topics in science with Understanding Climate Change, Grades 7–12. The NSTA Press book offers both extensive background and step-by-step directions for using three-dimensional instructional methods to explore this complex subject. Based on what they learn, students can use critical thinking and analysis to draw their own conclusions about what should be done.
This is a sequel to a book that Lt. Nores and I wrote eight years ago, WAR IN THE WOODS (Lyons, 2017). http://jamesswan.com/book-war_in_the_woods.html WAR IN THE WOODS has since been optioned for a scripted, dramatic TV show, "Lone Pine," the pilot script for the show was written by the writers of the feature film "Logan."
The Cathedral District, located in the urban core of Jacksonville, Florida is adjacent to the downtown business district. It offers a unique energy and atmosphere. Currently the residential population is less than 2,000 and there are few businesses. The thirty-six square block area is anchored by five historic Christian churches whose leaders are as committed to the city’s needs as they are to their worshiping members. Over the past 30 years the churches have served disadvantaged populations and created nonprofit organizations to serve children, women, families, and the homeless. Cathedral District-Jacksonville, Inc. became a Florida nonprofit organization in 2016 to address community needs.
There are three distinct challenges related to development of the Cathedral District. Each challenge requires creative thinking. Prioritizing how to take the best steps forward is the primary objective for bringing people together for dialogue. To the degree Cathedral District Jacksonville, Inc. can make progress on each of the challenges, those who, live, work, worship and visit the area will benefit.
Challenge 1 Focus on Alternative Parking Strategies
Challenge 2 Create a Walkable Environment
Challenge 3 Rally Community Willpower
This issue guide was written for Bradford County, Florida residents interested in deliberating choices regarding involvement in community planning and enhancement. The guide presents three areas to which residents can be actively engaged: relationship building, workforce development, and comprehensive planning.
The overarching questions for deliberation:
• What will it take for Starke and Bradford County residents to actively participate in local and regional democratic activity?
• How can all residents feel welcome in community decision-making?
• What will the impact of the new bypass be on the community?
• What should we do? What actions should be taken?
There is a significant shortcoming in environmental education across much of the United States: an almost total lack of reference to consumption.
Tens of millions today view wholesale land set-asides and prohibition of raw material extraction as the very essence of environmental protection, and this is a view that pervades much of environmentally oriented education in today’s classrooms. Moreover, there is little awareness on the part of Americans of where the raw materials come from that support this nation’s economy, lifestyles, and consumptive habits. There is likewise almost zero attention given to such matters via environmental education.
As a consequence, the U.S. today is a massive net importer of basic raw materials, although it has the capacity to procure much of this material domestically. Proposals to source materials locally are routinely met with moral outrage, while at the same time, consumption of the same raw materials that are the focus of outrage is seldom questioned. Thus consumption continues unabated, while material procurement is little by little shifted to somewhere else, often justified on environmental grounds. The result is systematic export of the environmental impacts of U.S. consumption and a corresponding heavy toll on the environments of countries all over the world. Where environmental standards are lower than in the U.S. – a common reality – impacts of U.S. consumption are not only transferred, but also magnified.
The issues referenced here are not, and should not be, political issues. They come down to fundamental ethical issues, issues that go well beyond what is outlined in these few brief paragraphs. But the bottom line is that environmental education simply must evolve so as to link economy and environment.
This book examines population, economic, and consumption trends globally, and links these trends to environmental consequences, environmental policies, and individual responsibility. Read more about this topic at: