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Lesson Plans on Civics Education

Through active civic engagement, students can learn the value of their participation in government and their potential to effect change. Earth Day Network's Education Department sponsors teachers in cities across the United States as they engage their students in action-oriented civic and environmental education through the National Civic Education Project.

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Lesson Plans on Energy

It has become increasingly apparent that the burning of fossil fuels, our main energy source, is the predominate contributor to climate change and the pollution of the Earth. To learn more about these and many other energy efficient options, check out the following resources.

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Lesson Plans on Natural Resources and Wildlife

Every region of the world has its own diverse ecosystem comprising a variety of different plants, animals, and microbial organisms. This vast diversity of life provides us with some of our most essential resources, such as food and medicine. It is our responsibility to learn about diversity and take action to save these resources; the following materials offer a first step in this process.

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Lesson Plans on Climate

 

Our climate makes life possible on planet Earth. By educating young people about global climate change, we can significantly lessen many of its detrimental effects. These lesson plans and resources seek to instill knowledge of the causes and effects of climate change, as well as a sense of civic duty, giving students the information and tools necessary to embrace a sustainable future.

 
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    Lesson Plans on Sustainability

    The most urgent issue concerning sustainability is the burning of finite resources such as oil, coal, and natural gas that leads to pollution, deforestation, and climate change. Many opportunities exist for teachers and students to green their school and community, from eliminating toxins in cleaning products to improving air and water quality. The result is a cleaner, safer and more sustainable planet, as well as a more productive and healthy environment for students.

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    Green Your Schools Guide

    Green Schools are the most effective agents for enacting significant positive environmental and educational change in schools and communities. School greening is quickly becoming more than a trend; rather, it is now the method of choice for providing healthy, comfortable and productive learning environments while saving energy, resources and money. This interactive website, developed by Earth Day Network

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    How to Hold a Used Book Sale

    Arranging a community used book sale is a great opportunity to help others in your community. Donated books will be sold and the proceeds will help provide funding for local community programs. It is also a wonderful opportunity to help others in need through the world of literature, while meeting folks in your community and having fun. This AARP Create the Good toolkit, provides tips, tools and resources for organizers.

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    Operation Energy Save

    AARP's Create the Good toolkit highlights Operation Energy Save, which is designed so that individuals, organizations and community groups can help older friends and neighbors save money on energy costs. Your involvement will make a difference to people you care about.

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    Start — or join — a community garden!

     

    Do you have a green thumb? Or would you like to make your thumb a bit greener? Then maybe you should start or join a community garden. This AARP Create the Good Toolkit, developed in conjunction with HandsOn Network and the American Community Garden Association, illustrates how growing your own fruits and veggies is a great way to use your existing skills or discover new gardening talents while helping your community.
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    Easy Ways to Help Others Go Green

    Planet Earth has given us a lot – from the air we breathe and the water we drink to bounty of the oceans, rivers, mountains and fi elds. This AARP Create The Good Toolkit outlines simple steps, we can collectively return those favors.

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