Title: The Big Thirst
Author: Charles Fishman
Date Published: 2012
Did you know the water coming out of your tap is four billion years old? We will always have exactly as much water on Earth as we have ever had.
The rate at which humankind waste water is alarming; most probably do not know it’s a finite resource and that the earth’s resources are dwindling. Hence, the need for new tools and systems to effectively manage our water sources and control the rate at which we use water.
Water cannot be destroyed, and it can always be made clean enough for drinking again. In fact, water can be made so clean that it actually becomes toxic.
As Charles Fishman brings vibrantly to life in this delightful narrative excursion, water runs our world in a host of awe-inspiring ways, which is both the promise and the peril of our unexplored connections to it.
Here’s to shaping the new era of water!
Title: EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet
Author: The WorldWatch Institute
Date Published: 2012
With global environmental changes locked into our future, what we teach must evolve. Sustainability must permeate all aspects of our living and should not be restricted to environmental education.
Environmental education cannot focus solely on teaching everyone to live just a bit greener. Instead, it ensures future generation become bold sustainability leaders as well as equip them with the skills necessary to survive the turbulent century ahead.
EarthEd, with contributions from 63 authors, aptly defines the concept of “Sustainability,” focusing on the younger generation and millennials and the quality of education received as well as how it impacts the environment at large.
With chapters on traditional environmental education, topics, such as ecoliteracy, nature-based learning, and systems thinking; expand the conversation to new topics essential for Earth education, character building, social emotional learning, the importance of play, and comprehensive sex education.
Ultimately, only by boldly adapting education do we stand a chance in adapting to our rapidly changing planet.