Tag Archives: Science

Teaching for the Future

Teaching is the only social interaction that comes naturally to me. Sharing information, explaining things to other people – it is not only easy, but it gives me joy. That is why I teach for GHF Online, and why I … Continue reading

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Talking Climate Change with Kids

As an environmental science instructor, there comes a time each term where I have to talk about climate change with my students. The reaction is predictable: they start saying how awful it is, they get scared about the consequences, and they … Continue reading

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A New Direction

I have an idea. Imagine country where a person’s worth was based on their character, and every person had an equal voice in their society. Money is strictly used for trading, and everyone has a guaranteed minimum income. What if teachers, nurses, … Continue reading

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GHF Online: Environmental Science in U.S. History

You may have heard that I’m teaching a class for GHF Online next semester. The rumors are true! I will be teaching Environmental Science in U.S. History, aimed at 5th to 9th grades academically (I don’t care how old your kid is). We’ll … Continue reading

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Things are heating up

In my last post, I was telling you that you should question everything. I’m telling you now to accept that climate change is real. How shall I reconcile these contradictory statements? By explaining here how greenhouse gases work, and how we know … Continue reading

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Science: what’s the big deal?

At some point in our lives, we’ve all been told that science is important. Why? What’s the big deal? Science is how we know about things. It’s about asking questions, forming hypotheses, and testing them. Based on the results of … Continue reading

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New Year, New Hope

2014 has been quite the year. We have seen article after article describing the good (and the bad) that has happened. Looking forward, here are some things I want to see happen. I want an international treaty on climate change, … Continue reading

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Yes, We Can: the power of people to create change

The world is downright depressing these days. I think I made that point in my last post. Here’s the thing: we can do something about it. We can stand up and say “This isn’t right.” We can go knock on … Continue reading

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Algae blooms, chicken wire, and thinking differently

Wherein I explain my brain using lake ecology analogies. Because science. I was learning about nutrient cycling in class a few weeks ago, and how the limiting nutrient in lakes was known to be either carbon, nitrogen, or phosphorus, but scientists didn’t know … Continue reading

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People’s Climate March: Why you should go

We, the people of Earth, in order to maintain a livable planet, demand justice, expect government leadership, offer our knowledge and support, promote our requests, and provide a secure future for us and our posterity, do step forward and speak out … Continue reading

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