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Educational Resources

In the following list you will find Internet sites and addresses for organizations whose agendas relate to the topics explored in the Journey to Planet Earth series. The majority of these sites and organizations provide free educational resources.

Resources are available for Rivers of Destiny, The Urban Explosion, Land of Plenty, Land of Want and The State of the Planet. The first section offers environmental Internet sites that apply to all of the programs.

Environmental Internet Sites

The Ocean Foundation
The Ocean Foundation is a private international grantmaking portal focused exclusively on ocean conservation.

EElink-Environmental Education on the Internet
Consistent with key principles of environmental education, this site's mission is to spread information and ideas that will help educators explore the environment and investigate current issues with students. This site is a gateway to more information about fresh water, coasts and oceans, air and climate, waste, population, forestry and agriculture.

Environmental News Network
The mission of this network is to create environmental awareness on critical issues through the presentation of fair and balanced daily news and information products.

EPA Curriculum and Resources
Resources for teachers on topics ranging from conservation, air and water pollution to waste and recycling are found here.

EPA Student Center
At the student center, youngsters in the middle and high school grades can explore a wide range of environmental issues — from air and water pollution and ecosystems to waste and recycling.

The GLOBE Program
The GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) is a hands-on environment science and education program that unites students, educators, and scientists from around the world in studying the global environment. Their teachers guide focuses on topics discussed in Journey to Planet Earth — soil, water and global positioning system technology. Their "Resource Room" in their online library offers teachers additional materials.

Medical Mysteries
MedMyst is a web adventure that engages players in problem-solving activities in a quest to uncover the cause of an infectious disease and to prevent it from spreading. Each online missions accompanied by a MedMyst Magazine and Hands-on Activities correlated to the National Science Education Standards.

North American Association for Environmental Education
The North American Association for Environmental Education is a network of professionals and students working in the field of environmental education through North America and in over 50 countries. It offers guidelines to teachers for selecting environmental education materials.

World Resources Institute
WRI is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people's lives. Their publication World Resources 2000-2001 — People and Ecosystems: The Fraying Web of Life is the definitive guide to the global environment. The millennial edition presents a comprehensive assessment of five of the world's major ecosystems.

Earth Island Institute
Earth Island Institute (EII), founded in 1982 by veteran environmentalist David Brower, fosters the efforts of creative individuals by providing organizational support in developing projects for the conservation, preservation, and restoration of the global environment.

The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is a leading international, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

Wildlife Conservation Society
The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild lands through careful science, international conservation, education, and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo.

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Rivers of Destiny
To learn more about topics addressed in "Rivers of Destiny" — water quality, flooding, the rain forest, wetlands — visit the following Internet sites.

American Rivers
Their mission is to protect America's river systems and to foster a river stewardship ethic. The American Rivers site index offers information on dams, flood plains and a glossary of river-related terms.

Exploring the Environment Home Page
This page links to NASA's Classroom of the Future, the Middle School Earth Science Explorer, and other NASA links. It offers students an opportunity to examine Experimental Earth Science modules that make use of remote sensing technology and the Internet. Two of the teaching modules on this site explore water quality and the rain forests of the Pacific Northwest.

Live from the Rainforest
Some of the world's leading biologists introduce students to the planet's largest rain forest.

Mississippi River Basin Alliance
The Alliance is a citizens' coalition that unites environmental justice organizations and traditional conservation groups around issues impacting the Mississippi River. The page entitled "About the River" offers good statistics and facts about this mighty river.

National Audubon Society
700 Broadway
New York, NY 10003-9501
Solid science, policy research, forceful lobbying, litigation, citizen action and education are the tools used by the Audubon Society to protect the air, water, land, and habitats that are critical to human health and the health of the planet. The Society offers activities for middle school students that teach them the importance of preserving habitats to protect bird species.

National Geographic Society "Xpeditions"
The Atlas feature on this site offers access to 600 National Geographic maps. Visit this site to see the locations of the states, countries and rivers discussed in "Rivers of Destiny."

Natural Resources Defense Council
40 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
NRDC is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the world's natural resources and ensuring a safe and healthy environment for all people. NRDC's guides offer tips on cleaning up water, reducing garbage and curbing over-fishing, along with a host of other topics.

NOVA Online — Flood
This Web site was developed to accompany the NOVA public television program examining the 1993 Mississippi floods.

Rainforest Action Network
This network works to protect the Earth's rain forests and support the rights of their inhabitants through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action. The "Kids Corner" on this site answers questions about the rain forest and introduces students to the animals and native peoples of the rain forest.

The Izaak Walton League of America, Inc.
707 Conservation Lane
Gaithersburg, MD 20878-2983
The organization's "Save Our Streams" program has been teaching people of all ages how to adopt and protect streams and rivers. Activities include making observations, stabilizing stream banks, planting trees, and organizing cleanup campaigns.

U.S.G.S. Water Resources Information
This site takes teachers to the U.S. Geological Survey's "Water Science for Schools" pages. They offer information on many aspects of water, along with pictures, data, images, and an interactive center where teachers and students can give their opinions and test their water knowledge.

Water Environment Federation
601 Wythe Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-1994
(800) 666-0206
Founded in 1928, the goal of this organization is to preserve and enhance the global water environment. The Water Environment Web provides student materials and activities (K-12) concerning the water environment.

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The Urban Explosion
To learn more about the issues explored in "The Urban Explosion" — drinking water quality, the effects of urbanization, creating sustainable communities — visit the following Internet sites or write to the organizations listed.

American Water Works Association (AWWA)
6666 West Quincy Avenue
Denver, CO 80235
The American Water Works Association (AWWA) is an international nonprofit scientific and educational society dedicated to the improvement of drinking water quality and supply. Its Blue Thumb Project is an ongoing campaign to raise public awareness and understanding of drinking water issues. The Blue Thumb Youth Activities and Educational Sheets can increase your students' understanding about these issues, too.

CARE International
660 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016
(212) 686-3110
This is a good source of information on agencies that deliver relief assistance to people in need and long-term solutions to global poverty.

680 Mount Auburn
Box 403
Watertown, MA 02272
(617) 926-8200
This organization's mission is to build a sustainable future through partnerships between scientists and citizens.

Friends of the Earth
218 D Street, S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 783-7400
Dedicated to protecting the planet from environmental degradation, Friends of the Earth is a good source for student reports and information for awareness of urbanization issues.

National Geographic Society
17th and M Streets
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 857-7000
Maps, facts and profiles of the countries that serve as home to the mega-cities profiled in "The Urban Explosion" can be found here.

Population Reference Bureau, Inc.
1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 520
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 483-1100
This is a source of information on specific statistics on population and population growth.

Sierra Club
530 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 776-2211
Students can request information about the Club's efforts to protect the environment against problems cause by urbanization.

Sustainable Communities Network
This site links people to resources and one another to create healthy, vital, sustainable communities. It covers a host of areas, from smart growth and creating community to protecting natural resources and living sustainably. In the "Education, Training and Lifelong Learning" section, there are specific activities for grades K-12.

The United Nations Environment Programme
Rm. DC2-0816
United Nations
New York, NY 10017
(212) 963-8138
This is a good source of information on the environment and how it is affected by population growth and/or urbanization of cities.

Urbanization and Water Quality
The U.S. Geological Survey's Water Science for Schools site examines the effects of urbanization on water quality.

U.S. Agency for International Development
State Department Bldg.
2201 C Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20520
(202) 634-3600
This department is a good source of information on urban development in the United States and in countries around the world.

Water Environment Federation
601 Wythe Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-1994
(800) 666-0206
Founded in 1928, the goal of this organization is to preserve and enhance the global water environment. The Water Environment Web provides student materials and activities (K-12) concerning the water environment.

World Affairs Council
1726 M Street N.W. #800
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 293-1051
This is another good source of information on the environment and how it is affected by the population growth and/or urbanization of cities.

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Land of Plenty, Land of Want
To learn more about farming and technology, the Dust Bowl and El Nino, and other subjects raised in "Land of Plenty, Land of Want," visit the Internet sites listed below.

Agriculture for Kids
This site, under the name Sci4Kids, is a series of stories about what scientists do at the Agricultural Research Service. The page entitled "Play Move the Cow Space-Age Style" ( explores how technology is helping farmers to protect the environment. The site is geared toward students eight to thirteen.

Agriculture in the Classroom
As the number of children living on farms and ranches decreases, it becomes more important than ever that students learn about our food and fiber systems through classroom curriculum. The "Ag in the Classroom" program offers teachers educational materials to integrate into their classroom lessons. There are also links to other ag sites on this page.

The American Experience: Surviving the Dust Bowl
This Web site was developed for the PBS program "Surviving the Dust Bowl," part of The American Experience series. It contains an eyewitness account of the Dust Bowl, New Deal remedies and a teachers guide.

Crop Production
Farmland Cooperative System is a highly diversified company with major business lines that include crop production. This Web site contains information about the production, processing, and marketing of agricultural products.

Dust Bowl Site
This introduction to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s on the southern plains of the United States also includes a movie of a dust storm during that era.

El Niño
Created by the producers of the PBS series NOVA, this Web site is entirely devoted to this weather phenomenon. Sections of the site include "Dissecting El Niño — to "Chasing El Niño."

Making Sense of the Weather — El Niño
This explanation of El Niño and La Niña from NASA is geared to students in grades 6-12. The site also features weather-related science activities.

Sustainable Agriculture Network
The Sustainable Agriculture Network is the communications and outreach arm of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. SARE works to increase knowledge about practices that are economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially responsible. The online brochure, "Exploring Sustainability in Agriculture," offers a comprehensive explanation about sustainable agriculture.

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The State of the Planet

To learn more about issues faces population, food and water and the effects of climate change examined in “The State of the Planet,” visit the Internet sites below:

Human Population Issues

Population Action International (PAI)
This organization sees the connection of human population to many other issues including reproductive health, policy, environment, gender and society, economics, etc. The web site provides useful links to all of these topics.

Population Connection (formerly Zero Population Growth or ZPG)
This site includes fact sheets, factoids, educational resources, and lots of general information on population issues.

Population Reference Bureau
This web site is a tremendous source for data, population facts, and research, which is organized by issues as well as by region. The data base provides information on 220 countries, 28 regions, and the world as a whole.

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
Do a keyword search for “population” and you can explore many records including answers to frequently asked questions.

United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
Do a keyword search for “Human Development Index” to retrieve a data table with data on life expectancy, educational attainment, and adjusted national income for any country.

The World Game Institute (name may change to o.s. Earth, Inc.)
This web site describes workshops and materials related to a global role-playing simulation game that allows participants to see human population dynamics.

World Resources Institute (WRI)
The World Resources Institute offers much demographic and environmental information on countries around the world, with excellent charts and maps. The Earth Trends section presents individual country profiles.

Worldwatch Institute
Click the research area for “people” and then “population and gender” to get a list of related Worldwatch papers and links to other sites.

Food Issues

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
This organization leads international efforts to defeat hunger, and helps developing countries improve agriculture.

Food First
The goal of this organization is to eliminate the injustices that cause hunger.

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
Visit the food issues part of this site to find out what food-related issues the UCS is involved with, especially related to sustainable agriculture.

United National Development Programme (UNDP)
Visit this site to find out how the United Nations brings together governments, multinational corporations, and citizens to address development concerns.

World Food Programme of the United Nations
The World Food Programme combats hunger, promotes economic and social development, and provides relief assistance in emergencies.

Worldwatch Institute
Click the “people” research area and then “food” issues to get a list of related Worldwatch papers and links to other sites.

World Resources Institute (WRI)
Visit the Earthtrends section of this web site and click “agriculture/food” to access related data, charts, and graphs for various countries.

Water Issues

International Water Resources Association
This site includes a guide to international water organizations.

The Nature Conservancy’s Sustainable Water’s Program
This site provides a lot of background information on various fresh water issues around the world, and also offers lists of U.S. Federal and State, international, and non-governmental organizations committed to fresh water issues. This is an excellent site to visit to find organizations focused on specific issues or regions of interest.

Worldwatch Institute
Click the “people” research area and then “water” issues to get a list of related Worldwatch papers and links to other sites.

World Resources Institute (WRI)
Visit the Earthtrends section of this web site and click “water rescources” to access related data, charts, and graphs for various countries.

Climate Change

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
This site offers baseline and scenario data for representing climate conditions. Click the “Global Climate Data Set.”

Worldwatch Institute
Click the “Energy” research area and then “climate change”  to get a list of related Worldwatch papers and links to other sites.

World Resources Institute (WRI)
Visit the Earthtrends section of this web site and click “climate” to access related data, charts, and graphs for various countries.

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