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Kids Spin the Wheel of the Planet's Future, Sure to be Interesting Times

Awhile back I posted about "villains recast as heroes" and the sun's shift from life-force to life-threatening force. It turns out that the current crop of kids has indeed grown up with the specter of climate change hanging over them, and they do easily accept the concept that too much sun can be...

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Tags: Climate change, Cohort, Generation, Kids
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Become a Citizen Scientist: Join the Firefly Watch

Last night I was walking in my neighborhood in the cool evening, just as the air was thickening with darkness and the greenery was shifting towards black. Then I saw what for me is summer incarnate. I saw a firefly. Whether living in the mountains, where the lightning bugs descended in droves eve...

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Tags: Activity, Children, Green, Insect, Kids, Outdoors, Outside, Poetry, Science, Wildlife
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Never Too Early for a (Green) Halloween

Thinking about Halloween early has its advantages: You're sure to have the best-planned costume The tips you learn from Green Halloween can be used all year round New Dream has written about simplifying gift-giving holidays in our Simplify the Holidays booklet, and you can create an Alternativ...

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Tags: Activities, Celebrate, Celebration, Family, Fun, Halloween, Kids
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The Story of Stuff: Catching On With Kids

The New York Times reports on "The Story of Stuff" and its critique of consumption--both are getting a (mostly) enthusiastic reception from kids and teachers. While it's not surprising that there isn't much about consumption within the standard curriculum, one of the teachers' statements stood ou...

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Tags: Children, Education, Kids, Parents, School, Stuff, Video
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The Flight (and Return) of the Zozos

In keeping with today's video theme, I couldn't resist posting about something No Impact Man put up yesterday: We know, of course, that the advent of the automobile in New York City caused the virtual extinction of stick-ball, neighbors sitting together on stoops, fresh air and children playing ...

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Tags: Cars, Fun, Kids, Metaphor, New york, Nyc, Transportation, Urban, Video, Zozo
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Envisioning Healthy Eating: Alternatives to the Food Pyramid

There was a chilling op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle that really points out the inadequacy of our current definition of "healthy": Here is a daily diet that meets those nutrition guidelines: Breakfast: 1 cup Fruit Loops; 1 cup skim milk; 1 package M&M milk chocolate candies; fiber and vitam...

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Tags: Food, Kids, Pyramid, Usda, Values
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Speaking Up About the Downside of Fast Food

Fast food's charm lies in its predictability. Fast food restaurants now dot the nation's landscapes, turning the view in most areas into a predictable stretch of plastic: signs, architecture, and food. It would seem as though fast food has conquered us all, from roadsides to tastebuds. Is there a...

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Tags: Advertising, Children, Fast food, Heatlh, Kids, Nutrtion, Partner, Petition
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Can a doll teach about the environment?

Continuing a thread about teaching kids about the environment: Everyone has an opnion about Barbies, but dolls have been used to teach kids greater acceptance--and self-acceptance of disabilities, so why not use dolls to impart environmental awareness? Planet Pixies are a new line of enviro-frie...

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Tags: Education, Environmental awareness, Games, Girls. self-esteem, Kids, Materialism consumer
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Animated, Virtual Trash

A recent post, The Game Theory of Green Parenting, was an attempt to answer the question, "is it possible to attract kids’ attention from Gummi Worms to vermicomposting?” In other words, how can green issues be imparted to kids in a fun way? Check out this video made for a school project about t...

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Tags: Children, Communication, Education, Fun, Kids, School, Waste
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The Game Theory of Green Parenting

A post from yesterday asked, "is it possible to attract kids’ attention from Gummi Worms to vermicomposting?" The question was in the context of a discussion about the use of DIsney animated characters in a campaign to teach kids good eating habits. I got to thinking that maybe my statement that ...

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Tags: Children, Education, Fun, Games, Kids, Teaching
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