Working to change the behavior of adults that are set in their ways is one of the hardest tasks facing the environmental movement. In the mean time, many activists have been searching for a way to reach the younger generation before it too becomes convinced that a sustainable lifestyle must be “hard and boring.”
Thanks to the Sundance Film Festival, many people are now familiar with Colin Beavan, aka “No Impact Man.” A year or two ago, Beavan and his family decided to try living in New York City for 12 months without doing any harm to the environment (aka the “No Impact Experiment“), and it attracted worldwide media attention.
But the family wasn’t content to end the experience with their 15 minutes of fame. Now, Beavan has helped to create the No Impact Project, which seeks to combine the information that his family gathered during the experiment into powerful educational tools for the next generation.
The No Impact Project recently released five free lesson plans designed to help middle and high school students explore the effects their everyday behavior has on the environment, their health, and their well-being.
Traditional educators as well as homeschooling parents can access all five lesson plans easily online, as well as curriculum summaries, additional resources, and an online community for sharing feedback with the lesson creators.
The five lessons address topics like consumption, energy, food, transportation and water, and challenge students to think about how the systems in our present society influence our lifestyle choices in ways that often are not good for environment.
Interested educators are invited to register here in order to receive the printer-friendly version of the curriculum and gain access to supplementary film clips and book passages.
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