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Sustainable Development Theme Page

This "Theme Page" has links to resources related to the study of Sustainable Development. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme. Please read our Charlotte

Designed for the elementary school student and teacher, this site currently explores three modules: Energy Sciences, Forest Ecology and Human Environments. The issues presented in each module tend to focus on environmental protection and sustainable development.

Development Education Program: Bring Sustainable Development into the Classroom
This set of learning modules from the World Bank is intended for secondary students in geography, social studies, environmental studies, history, economics, international studies, and current affairs classes. There are two main goals: 1) to increase students' knowledge and understanding of the often complex relationship between sustainable development and the social, economic, and environmental conditions in a country; 2) to strengthen students' ability to perform statistical calculations, to make and interpret maps, charts, and tables; to analyze and synthesize information to make inferences and generalizations; and to think critically when analyzing information, making decisions, and solving problems. Teaching guides accompany each module.

(The) Earth Times
An on-line magazine, "Earth Times offers news and views on the environment, sustainable development, population and current affairs." The Earth Times is the only independent international nonpartisan newspaper focusing on environment and economic development, and such interrelated concerns of the international system as human rights, population, trade, and women's and children's rights. Its mission is primarily to inform and educate audiences about the pressing issues of interdependence in which the environment plays a central role. Present and back issues are available for browsing or searching.

Energy Matters
This Think Quest 98 award winning site provides information to students about the different methods of energy production currently in use or in research. In addition, it discusses the history of energy's influence on man, presents how energy is currently being used, and introduces energy from a physics point of view. There's also an interactive game and public message board at the site.

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
A senior student would be interested in the information on this site. Designed for business, government and community leaders, it promotes sustainable development in decision making within Canada and internationally. IISD provides research and information in the following seven areas of concern: Business Strategies, Trade and Sustainable Development, Community Adaptation and Sustainable Livelihoods, The Great Plains, Measurement and Indicators, Security and Sustainable Development, and Knowledge Communications.

Learning for a Sustainable Future
"Learning for a Sustainable Future is a Pan-Canadian nonprofit organization whose mandate is to work with educators from across Canada to integrate the concepts and principles of sustainable development into the curricula at all grade levels." Classroom lesson activities are categorized into the following themes: Air; Biodiversity; Habitat and Infrastructure; Production and Consumption Systems; Social Systems; Soil; and Water. The above link is to their home page. We've also made direct links to the following pages within their site for easier access to curricular resources.

Our Planet
A bimonthly on-line magazine with articles on the environment and sustainable development. The articles are written by leaders of UN organizations, national governments, non-governmental organizations and experts. Major topic areas include: Oceans; Fresh Water; Climate Change; Ozone; The Way Ahead; Chemicals; Food; Culture, Values and the Environment; Human Settlements; Production and Consumption; and Atmosphere.

Renewable Energy and Sustainable Energy Systems in Canada
A meta-list of links to sites that focus on the following types of sustainable energy: Solar, Wind, Small Hydro, Co-generation, Biomass, Energy Services, District Heating and Cooling. Each of these sites has further information about its specific type of energy.

(The) United Nations CyberSchoolBus
Information and activities have been designed to teach and challenge students of all ages. The following pages include: The "Events Orbit" page describes different world events during the past year and the future events. The "Quiz Quad" and the "Elementary Planet" pages have a number of on-line games and activities to help further students' understanding of world issues. "Model UN" is an on-line forum in which students assume the roles of ambassadors to debate current issues. The "Curriculum Corner" offers several United Nation's developed modules and units to help grade 5-12 teachers explore many world concerns.

United Nations Development Programme: Sustainable Human Development
This home page provides a number of choices to explore. The United Nations has a number of initiatives under each of the six topic areas. Following the links will take you to information describing the various initiatives and their impact on sustainable development.

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