01-06-20 What is Environmental Literacy?
Guest: Rachel Holbert, President of RIEEA
The Campaign for Environmental Literacy defines environmental literacy (EL) as “a broad understanding of how people and societies relate to each other and to natural systems, and how they might do so sustainably.” This episode begins with a walk through a marsh and suggests strategies for expanding climate literacy inside the classroom, outdoors and across societal sectors.
Guests: Leigh Vincola, Manager at Farm Fresh Rhode Island, and Susan Murray, Market Manager and Farmer at Coastal Foodshed
How do local food systems support sustainability and preserve the environment? The majority of produce sold in New England super markets is shipped all the way from California, and that requires a lot of fossil fuel for transport. The region has established a bold plan to produce 50 percent of its food by the year 2060. We will begin with a story walk through the largest indoor farmers market.
Guest: Bob Houghtaling, Director of the Eastern States Youth to Youth Conference
How does tobacco use effect on our environment, our health, our society and our young people? While cigarette smoking has come down, vaping use has risen dramatically, with serious repercussions. We will begin with a story walk by the Harborside, collecting tobacco trash that provides clues that prompt further investigation.
10-07-19 Voyaging into an Ocean of Plastic
Guest: Captain Breezy Grenier, Founder, Eco-Elders and Scientists are Super Heroes
How is plastic litter effecting ocean waters and marine life? Plastic bottles and bags, drinking straws, cigarette butts and microplastics get carried down storm drains or down rivers and out into the ocean. We will begin with a story walk through Scalloptown Park and along the shore of Goddard Memorial State Park.
Guest: Bonnie Combs, Marketing Director, Blackstone Heritage Corridor
Clean water is one of our most important resources. It sustains our lives, our health, our economy and our natural environment. How did our rivers and oceans become so polluted with trash, chemicals and bacteria, and what are we doing about it? We will begin with a story walk back in time to consider the use of rivers during the Industrial Era.
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In addition to producing these podcasts, I write blogs and articles about health and environmental literacy, and design and teach enrichment programs.
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Students learn to identify Nature's clues to the protective, healing and nutritional benefits of plants. Walking field trips in the local environment enrich in-school studies.
After-school EcoDetective programs help students uncover stories in their local community. Do you need help customizing, organizing and implementing?