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[Teacher Tips] Global Awareness

I am the advisor for our school’s Global Awareness Club. In an elementary school, this means that we get to the basics of what Global Awareness means. We learn about Climate Change; we learn about disasters around the world; and we learn about people in other countries. The goal is to help children understand that we live in one world and need to take care of each other.

Katharine Hayhoe, Evangelical Climate Scientist, gets right to the heart of this idea. She clearly explains how her science can help us to find ways to help “our global neighbors, the poor and disadvantaged, the people who do not have the resources to adapt.” We need to stop being so concerned about ourselves and start thinking about everyone. “The magnitude of future changes depend on the choices that we make now and in the next decade.”

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: words to live by.

As an educator, I strongly feel it is my duty to help my students, living in a privileged area, with unlimited food and water, sanitation, and shelter, understand their responsibility in the world. This video of Katharine’s can be extremely beneficial in assisting me to teach my students that changes they make in how they live and use energy, can and will affect children across the world. By taking shorter showers, walking to their friend’s house, riding their bikes to school, and turning off lights when they are not using them, they can be helpful. They might not be old enough to make big changes, such as choosing an electric car, buying and using solar panels, or opting for wind energy, but they can do their part.

Children need to know that they have power now. So that, in 10 years, they will have no problems making those tough decisions we have such difficulty making now. They are our future and we need them to create an amazing world for us all. Thank you, Katharine, for speaking so clearly and honestly, bringing our children this powerful message.

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Lisa Parisi

    Lisa has been an elementary school teacher in the Herricks School District on Long Island, NY for over 25 years. She enjoys blogging about her classroom and what she’s learned by bringing technology into her classroom. She also co-hosts a weekly webcast called Conversations where she discusses educational topics. She enjoys working with educators, presenting at conferences and writing articles about providing tools that help make instruction more accessible to all students. She has co- written a book about blogging in the classroom and is looking forward to it being published soon. Lisa’s secret life is that she loves earrings. She collects them from every place she visits and picks up a pair or two each time she goes into a store. She and her teenage daughter share their earrings, since they both love to wear them. Lisa’s jewelry box is now overflowing and her husband is forever on the lookout for a larger box to house them all.