What’s the Bag Deal?

Posted on: November 28th, 2013 by Eugene Cordero

Download the Video Teaching Guide PDF/Word MAIN TOPIC OF VIDEO: Pros and cons of plastic and paper bags DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: Frame: What is carbon footprint? How do carbon footprints relate to climate change? Which is better- paper or plastic bags? Which material is more easily recyclable, paper or plastic? Which material can biodegrade completely, paper…

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What’s the Bag Deal?

Posted on: November 28th, 2013 by ninja

A couple argues over which is the best bag for grocery shopping: paper or plastic? Both appear to have their advantages and disadvantages, so what are they to do? Sensing a learning opportunity, the Green Ninja appears with a simple solution – a reusable bag! But is it really that simple? Let’s dig into the…

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Fatal Atrashcan

Posted on: November 28th, 2013 by Eugene Cordero

Download the Video Teaching Guide PDF/Word MAIN TOPIC OF THE VIDEO: The importance of reducing, reusing or recycling waste Frame: How much trash do you throw away every day? What happens to your trash after you throw it away? What is the most common type of trash in the United States? Focus: Why is it…

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Climate vs Weather

Posted on: November 27th, 2013 by Eugene Cordero

The presentation by Professor Eugene Cordero discusses the difference between weather and climate. Climate vs Weather Slides  (Preview | PDF Download) Additional Resources: Resources: Climate Central Video: Climate vs. weather Summary: Dr. Otis Brown of the University of Miami explains the differences between climate and weather, and long-term climate change compared to heat waves. Brown also discusses the…

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San José’s Bag Ban

Posted on: November 26th, 2013 by Anne Marie Todd No Comments

San José California banned single use plastic bags, taking effect January 1, 2012. Customers now bring their own bags or buy a reusable paper bag for about 10 cents. One year after San José banned single use plastic bags: 89 percent fewer bags in storm drains, 60 percent fewer in creeks and 59 percent fewer…

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Do the Worm Bin!

Posted on: November 21st, 2013 by Eugene Cordero

Composting is a great way to reduce the amount of trash a household produces, and it is also really easy! How do I start a worm bin? First of all, you need a bin to keep your worms. You can make your own bin or buy one. Watch the video for some tips! You need…

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Other Ways to Play with your Food

Posted on: November 21st, 2013 by Anne Marie Todd No Comments

Composting is fun, but there are other ways of we can play with our food. Creative outlets like art and music can drive discussion about bigger issues and even be solutions themselves.   Global Inheritance  is a non-profit dedicated to “thinking creatively in solving world issues.” They work with schools, music festivals, and employers to provide…

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Do the Worm Bin!

Posted on: November 21st, 2013 by Lina Prada-Baez

Download the Video Teaching Guide PDF/Word MAIN TOPIC OF THE VIDEO: Vermicomposting   Frame: Focus:What is a worm bin used for? What is composting? How does composting relate to climate change? Frame: According to the video, what are some materials you will need to start a vermicomposting bin? What are some must-haves for composting? More information…

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Composting is Easy!

Posted on: November 19th, 2013 by Anne Marie Todd No Comments

In this week’s episode of the Green Ninja, we learn a lot about composting. Food waste is an important element of our environmental impact and composting is a fun family activity that can teach people of all ages about food and waste. Check out Organic Gardening’s easy how-to guide on How to Build A Compost Pile. The State…

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The Crude, The Bad and The Ugly

Posted on: November 14th, 2013 by ninja

Download the Video Teaching Guide PDF/Word MAIN TOPIC OF VIDEO:  Recycling of Motor Oil Products (Oil and Filter) DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: Frame: What are the uses for motor oil? Be as specific as possible. What is crude petroleum? Be as specific as possible. Why do storm drains have the following sign: DO NOT DUMP – FLOWS TO…

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