Thursday, October 17, 2013

Explorer: Scott Stoll

If you could travel the world, what would be your preferred mode of transportation? Scott Stoll decided to embark on an epic exploration by traveling the world on his bicycle. In four years he cycled 31,495 miles, visiting 50 countries and six continents. "Unlike most modern day adventures, Scott traveled the world with nothing more than a paper map, and of course the prerequisite open-mind and an open-heart." Scott details his journey in his book "Falling Uphill." He also created a short video with captivating images from his journey.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Hungry Planet: Exploring Food

"In Hungry Planet, Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio present a photographic study of families from around the world, revealing what people eat during the course of one week. Each family's profile includes a detailed description of their weekly food purchases; photographs of the family at home, at market, and in their community; and a portrait of the entire family surrounded by a week's worth of groceries. To assemble this remarkable comparison, Menzel and D'Aluisio traveled to twenty-four countries and visited thirty families." More

Explore where your food comes from by reading labels and packages on foods at at the grocery store, visiting your local farmer's market, and even taking a tour of a nearby farm. To learn more about the benefits of local food, visit Super Kids Nutrition.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Explore: The Story of Stuff

Annie Leonard decided to explore where the stuff she uses in her everyday life comes from as well as where it goes when she is finished with it. After lots of research on the materials economy, she created a cartoon to share her findings, including the processes involved with the extraction, production, distribution, and consumption of things we commonly use. She discovered many negative consequences resulting from the current system, including wasted resources and devastated communities. The Story of Stuff Project is a non-profit created to help educate others about how we can work to find solutions to these problems.

To learn more about how you can conduct a waste audit to evaluate your consumption, visit Green Schools Initiative and The Global Footprint Network.